Saturday 19 April 2014

Former Dublin footballer facing trial for attacking defender and garda during game

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

Brendan McManamon (30), who has represented Dublin and plays for St Jude's GAA club, has been charged under Section Three of the Non-Fatal Offences Against the Persons Act with assault causing harm to Enda Ledwith.

Mr Ledwith, a defender who has also played inter-county football for Longford, is a garda who plays for north Dublin team Na Fianna.. He suffered a broken jaw during a home fixture against south-side rivals St Jude's on March 31 last.

It is alleged the assault occurred at Na Fianna's GAA club's grounds, at Mobhi Road, Glasnevin, in Dublin, on March 31 last.

Evidence of his arrest and charging had been given earlier, and the footballer made his second appearance at Dublin District Court today in relation to the alleged incident,

Detective Sergeant Michael Mulligan, of Santry 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 today that the DPP has decided that the St Jude's player was to be returned for trial to the Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

Mr McManamon, a brother of current Dublin senior footballer Kevin McManamon, spoke once during the brief hearing today 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 intended 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. The footballer was remanded on bail in his own bond of €300 with no conditions pending his appearance at the Circuit Court.




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