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Dublin v Kerry - GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final Replay...14 September 2019; Cormac Costello of Dublin during the GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final Replay match between Dublin and Kerry at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile...ABC

Dublin v Kerry - GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final Replay...14 September 2019; Cormac Costello of Dublin during the GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final Replay match between Dublin and Kerry at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile...ABC

Dublin v Kerry - GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final Replay...14 September 2019; Cormac Costello of Dublin during the GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final Replay match between Dublin and Kerry at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile...ABC

Prosecutors have sought a medical report in the case of a Dublin Gaelic footballer accused of assaulting a player during a match.

Cormac Costello (25) was a spectator at a game when he allegedly struck the player.

A medical report on the alleged victim's injuries has been requested and the case was adjourned at Dublin District Court.

Mr Costello, a key member of the county's team that won five All-Ireland titles in a row, was excused from attending court amid ongoing restrictions due to the Covid-19 crisis.

Judge John Cheatle remanded him on continuing bail in his absence.

The accused, of Lorcan Crescent in Santry, is charged with assault causing harm to Aodan Fee at Naomh Mearnóg GAA in Portmarnock on July 6 last year.

When the case came before the court yesterday, a garda sergeant submitted evidence of Mr Costello's arrest charge and caution by certificate.

She said she had served the accused's solicitor with a written outline of the prosecution's evidence.

The sergeant said the DPP had directed summary disposal of the case at district court level, subject to a judge considering the issue of jurisdiction. She said she was making enquiries to see if there was a medical report available.

Judge Cheatle adjourned the case to Swords District Court in September 14, for mention only, noting that the issue of jurisdiction was outstanding and a medical report awaited. Mr Costello was excused from attending.

Defence solicitor Robert Purcell asked the judge to make a full disclosure order, to include video footage and statements.

The charge against Mr Costello is contrary to Section 3 of the Non Fatal Offences Against the Person Act and carries a maximum sentence of five years' imprisonment on conviction on indictment.

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The accused, who is the son of the county board's CEO John Costello, was granted bail at Coolock garda station after he was charged there earlier this month.

He met gardaí by appointment as part of the investigation into the alleged one-punch assault during the club match last July.

It is understood Mr Costello was in the crowd and not involved on the pitch during the Division 2 AFL game between his club Whitehall Colmcille and hosts Naomh Mearnóg.

The game, a Saturday evening fixture on July 6, was played in Portmarnock.

During the second half, an altercation occurred and a Naomh Mearnóg player was allegedly punched once in the face.

The alleged victim suffered a cut lip.

He was treated for his injuries and a complaint was later made to gardaí, who launched an investigation into the incident.

Gardaí are understood to have also reviewed camera footage of the game.

Mr Costello has won five All-Ireland senior football championships with Dublin as well as seven Leinster titles and five National Football Leagues.

He was also a member of the All-Ireland winning U-21 team in 2014.

In his second senior football championship final he came off the bench against Mayo, scoring three points and playing a central role as Dublin claimed the Sam Maguire in the 2016 replay.


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