Sunday 17 December 2017

One of golf club fight pair is a liar -- judge

Ray Managh

ONE of two men involved in a Soprano-style bust-up in a golf club loo is not telling the truth, a judge said yesterday.

But those keen to learn whether Alan Holmes or Martin Curtis is the more likely liar will have to wait as Judge Joseph Mathews put back his judgment to a later date.

Mr Holmes, of Rathdown Drive, Terenure, Dublin, and Mr Curtis, of Brooklodge, Curryhills, Prosperous, Co Kildare, have countersued each other for assault after the fight which left Lucan Golf Club's loo spattered with blood.

Barristers Louis McEntagart, for Mr Holmes, and Conor Bowman, for Mr Curtis, completed submissions following a three-day trial yesterday.

The judge said one of the two combatants was a liar. The issue for him was who did what first, he told Dublin Circuit Civil Court. He previously said the bust-up was "like a scene from the 'Sopranos'".

Mr McEntagart outlined how, after a weekly four-ball, wagers were being offered in the golf club on a televised Manchester United versus Burnley soccer match and that led to the bloody row between the two men.

Mr Holmes claimed Mr Curtis headbutted him without provocation, while Mr Curtis admitted punching Mr Holmes in the face in self-defence.

The row, which split the club, led to allegations of conspiracy and perjury by witnesses who gave evidence for Mr Holmes.

Mr McEntagart said that while there were no witnesses to the alleged assaults, the court could draw inferences from the evidence given by witnesses.

Mr Bowman said the core issue of Mr Holmes's case was that without word or warning he had been "loafed" as he turned from washing his hands.

He claimed witnesses "put up" by Mr Holmes had deliberately engaged in a concerted conspiracy to tell lies and commit perjury. Witnesses for Mr Curtis travelled the truth train while Mr Holmes's witnesses joined the perjury express. They had lied through their teeth, Mr Bowman said.

Judge Mathews said he found Patrick Carroll, who had walked into the loo when Mr Holmes and Mr Curtis were "jostling", a truthful witness.

Mr Carroll saw no blood until he turned around from the urinal, and blood was pumping from Mr Holmes. He had not seen nor heard anything suggestive of a punch or headbutt.


Amid claim and denial, the court heard that Mr Holmes had told Mr Curtis to "f**k off" when Mr Curtis offered a €100 bet on Man United and then repeatedly told Mr Curtis he was "only a f**king mouth". Mr Curtis allegedly told Mr Holmes, "I'm going to f**king do you outside".

No one witnessed the fight but there was evidence of blood on the wash basin, walls, floor, ceiling and doors in the loo. There were also allegations, firmly denied, that Mr Holmes and his witnesses met in the Lucan Spa Hotel to agree their stories. Former club president Paddy Monaghan said members used foul language in the club bar at televised football matches so much that members would not bring their wives any more.

Irish Independent

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