Tuesday 20 March 2018

GAA player suffered horror injury during game, court told

Richard McCullen

A YOUNG Gaelic footballer suffered horrific injuries during a minor championship match, a court has heard.

"I was screaming in pain and my shorts were covered in blood," said footballer Shane Ryan, whose scrotum was torn open.

Mr Ryan was giving evidence at Trim Circuit Court where a footballer from a rival team is on trial over the incident which occurred during the match in Co Meath three years ago.

Darren Morgan (21), of Elm Grove, Rockfield, Kells, Co Meath, pleaded not guilty to assault causing harm to Mr Ryan, of Garristown, Co Meath, at Skryne GAA grounds.

The defendant had been playing for Round Towers of Kells while the complainant had been playing for St Vincents, Curraha, in the semi final of the minor county championship.

Mr Ryan scored a goal and following this he was assaulted, the court heard.

"He came up and squared up to me as if he was going to headbutt me but instead he grabbed my testicles, squeezed and pulled. He laughed at me. I looked into my shorts and there was no scrotum there."

The court heard Mr Ryan spent a number of days in hospital.

Replying to the defence Mr Ryan said that he was in 'excruciating pain'.

The barrister said his client conceded that he had put his hands on Shane Ryan and caused him damage but had not meant to cause him injury.

Mr Morgan told the garda that a number of players had gone for the ball, but Shane Ryan won it. The defendant said he had been on his knees and was trying to stop Mr Ryan.

"I grabbed him by the balls, I meant to grab his shorts or jersey," he told the gardai.

The trial continues.

Irish Independent

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