Sunday 18 February 2018

Hurler's jaw broken in match brawl

Conor Gallagher

A man will be sentenced later this year for kicking his opponent in the face and breaking his jaw after a hurling match.

After the final whistle in the match between Crumlin GAA Club and Naomh Fionnbarra a row broke out between several players, and Derek Sweetman (31) kicked Andrew Comerford in the jaw.

The victim narrowly avoided needing surgery but couldn't eat solid food for six weeks.

Judge Mary Ellen Ring noted Sweetman is also a youth hurling coach and wondered whether he trained children to kick their opponents in the face.

"I doubt it allows that in any of the GAA rules," she said, before commenting that senior players have an obligation to set a good example.

Sweetman told his victim, who was also in court, that he regrets his actions: "All I can do is apologise and even that isn't enough."

Sweetman, of Dingle Road, Cabra West, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to assault causing harm at Pearse Park, Crumlin, on July 6, 2010. Judge Ring remanded him on continuing bail until sentencing in July.

Irish Independent

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