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Thursday 24 April 2014

Footballer sent for trial over assault on GAA rival

A DUBLIN footballer is to stand trial accused of attacking another player during a club match last March.

Gaelic footballer Enda Ledwith (33), a garda who plays for north Dublin team Na Fianna, suffered a broken jaw during a home fixture against southside rivals St Jude's on March 31 last year.

Brendan McManamon (30), who has represented Dublin and plays for St Jude's GAA club, has been charged with assault causing harm to Mr Ledwith, a defender who has also played inter-county football for Longford.

It is alleged the assault occurred at Na Fianna's grounds, at Mobhi Road, Glasnevin, Dublin.

Evidence of his arrest and charging had been given earlier, and Mr McManamon was making his second appearance at Dublin District Court in relation to the alleged incident.

Detective Sergeant Michael Mulligan, of Santry garda station, told Judge Patricia McNamara that he had served a book of evidence on Mr McManamon, who has an address at Camden Street in central Dublin.

Judge McNamara was told the DPP had decided that the St Jude's player was to be returned for trial to the Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

Solicitor

Mr McManamon, a brother of current Dublin senior footballer Kevin McManamon, spoke once during the brief hearing to tell the District Court judge the name of his solicitor.

Judge McNamara informed Mr McManamon, who has not yet indicated how he will plead to the assault charge, that if he intends to rely on an alibi in his defence, he must notify the prosecution within 14 days and furnish the relevant details.

She then made an order sending him forward for trial. Mr McManamon was remanded on bail on his own bond of €300 with no conditions pending his appearance at the Circuit Court.

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