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Footballer faces assault charge for after-match incident

GAA footballer faces assault charge for after-match incident

A GAA footballer is to appear before court next June where he stands accused of assaulting another player after a match last summer.
James Cummins of Woodstock, Ballindine appeared before last week’s sitting of Castlebar District Court accused of assault causing harm following a GAA match at the Davitts GAA grounds in Ballindine on June 12, 2011.
The court heard the alleged incident took place just after the match had finished and Mr Cummins is alleged to have punched the victim in the mouth, which required the victim to see a specialist and have an operation to rectify damage to his teeth.
Mr Cummins was playing for Davitts during the Mayo Club Intermediate Championship Group Stage against Kiltimagh - with Davitts winning by four points. The alleged victim was playing for Kiltimagh during the game.
Mr Evan O’Dwyer, solicitor for Mr Cummins, indicated his client would be contesting the charge and said he would have three witnesses while the state are to produce five witnesses. Judge Mary Devins was told the case was likely to last three hours and she adjourned that case for hearing until June 22 next.