Saturday 21 April 2018

Jury shown CCTV footage of one-punch attack that left man unconscious

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Greg Harkin

A JURY has watched CCTV footage of an incident in which a man was left unconscious in a single punch attack after a night out.

Ali Ameer Azeez, (23), from Ard Cairn, Sligo, has gone on trial at Sligo Circuit Criminal Court charged with a Section 3 assault causing harm and a Section 4 assault causing serious harm.

The case relates to an incident in the early hours of September 23, 2014, in Castle Street, Sligo.

A jury of nine women and three men were this afternoon played footage taken from a garda CCTV system which was being operated in the town around 2.45am on the day of the incident.

Stephen Finnegan, (25), from Co Cavan, and his girlfriend Olga Reilly, could be seen in the footage running from behind Iraqi-born Mr Aziz and his Hungarian friend Adam Balogh (25).

This was followed by pushing and shoving between the parties for around a minute.

Mr Finnegan could then be seen staggering in the footage and attempting to throw a punch.

This was followed by Mr Azeez appearing to throw a punch at Mr Finnegan.

The Cavan man could then be seen falling to the road and lying unconscious on the roadway.

Gda Aileen Cox, who attended the scene after the alleged attack, identified Stephen Finnegan, and his girlfriend Olga Reilly, in the footage before identifying Mr Azeez and his friend.

Earlier Dara Foynes told the jury that Mr Finnegan, from Kilnaleck in Co Cavan, and his girlfriend had been racing each other for fun after a night out.

As they ran past Mr Azeez “words were exchanged” and there appeared to be pushing and shoving between the parties.

“There was a second part to this random encounter whereby Mr Finnegan and Mr Azeez are on the street. Mr Finnegan received injuries at that point in time, injuries causing serious harm,” she said.

Mr Azeez has pleaded not guilty to both charges.

The trial continues.

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