Manager claims international badminton player tried to punch her
The manager of a badminton centre has claimed she was assaulted by international badminton player Nigel Boyne as she tried to break up a fight in which he was involved.
Mr Boyne (41), of Elm Mount Lawn, Beaumont, Dublin, denied in a full defence in the Circuit Civil Court the allegation by Jean Denihan (57) - who runs the Baldoyle Badminton Centre in north Dublin - of assault on the night of April 4, 2013.
Ms Denihan said in evidence that, as she tried to separate Mr Boyne and another player, Barry Dickson, as they rolled on the floor, he grabbed her by the throat and attempted to punch her, and told her "this is all your f*****g fault".
She said other people had tried to stop the fight and if one of them had not blocked Mr Boyne's fist, she would have been punched in the face.
Ms Denihan, of Grange Park, Baldoyle, said that after the incident she attended a psychologist. Giving evidence, clinical psychologist Dr Brian Glanville, said Ms Denihan was suffering from a traumatic stress reaction to the incident. He said Ms Denihan considered it important that Mr Boyne, who had been suspended from the centre for a period, apologised publicly to her.
Ms Denihan alleged the dispute was the result of Mr Boyne being refused permission to participate in a tournament for which he had been too highly ranked. Michael Coen, barrister for Mr Boyne, suggested to her that Mr Boyne had wished to take part in the tournament for the benefit of members he was coaching.
The court heard that it is Mr Boyne's case that he did not try to strike Ms Denihan. He claimed he offered to give her an apology, but she had not followed up on it.
The case was adjourned.