Tuesday 20 March 2018

GAA keeper 'lost three teeth' after alleged kick

Eamon Leahy
Eamon Leahy

Gordon Deegan

A Gaelic footballer was rendered unconscious and lost three teeth after receiving a kick in the face from a spectator who ran on to the pitch to assault him, a court was told.

At Ennis District Court, Insp Tom Kennedy said it was alleged that Eamon Leahy (51) ran on to the pitch towards the end of a Junior B football match to kick 29-year-old Killimer goalkeeper, Richard Carmody in the face.

Insp Kennedy said that Mr Carmody was on the ground at the time as he was part of a melee on the pitch when he was kicked in the face by Mr Leahy.

Insp Kennedy said that Mr Carmody lost the teeth and was rendered unconscious from the kick.

He said: "Mr Carmody was dizzy and when he tried to get back on his feet, he collapsed and had to be taken to hospital."

Providing a background to the incident, Insp Kennedy said that Mr Leahy's 16-year-old son, Daragh was playing corner forward for Wolfe Tones in the match when he became involved in a dispute with another player.

Insp Kennedy said that a skirmish soon developed that Mr Carmody went to while Mr Leahy came on to the pitch from the sideline to kick Mr Carmody while he was on the ground.

He said: "Mr Carmody found himself on the ground -- it is not very clear how he found himself on the ground."

The assault allegedly took place on Sunday, May 12 of this year.

In the case, Mr Leahy, of 48 Cronan Park, Shannon, is accused of a Section 3 assault causing harm to Mr Carmody.

Insp Kennedy said arising from directions from the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), the case could be dealt with in the district court on a guilty plea only from Mr Leahy.

Solicitor for Mr Leahy, Daragh Hassett said that Mr Leahy would be pleading guilty to the assault, but only on the basis that there was only one strike. He said: "He accepts that there was one blow."

Judge Patrick Durcan refused jurisdiction and the case is now to be heard in the circuit court, requiring a Book of Evidence to be drawn up in the case.

Judge Durcan said: "This man was kicked into the face, he lost teeth and he was kicked unconscious. I refuse jurisdiction."

As a result, Mr Leahy now faces significantly higher penalties if convicted of the offence in the circuit court.

Judge Durcan remanded Mr Leahy on bail for the preparation of a Book of Evidence.

Irish Independent

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