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Kerry senior footballer and divisional team mate to appeal assault convictions

Jun 23, 2021 09:06 By radiokerrynews
Kerry senior footballer and divisional team mate to appeal assault convictions Kerry senior footballer and divisional team mate to appeal assault convictions
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A Kerry senior footballer and his divisional team mate who pleaded guilty to assault and were convicted are appealing against the convictions they received.

23-year-old Ronan Buckley of Lahard, Beaufort who is a senior inter-county footballer and his East Kerry teammate, 22-year-old Christopher O'Donoghue of Inch, Clonkeen, Killarney appeared before Killarney District Court on Monday.

They admitted assaulting Dan McCarthy causing him harm at Church Lane in Killarney on October 22nd, 2018.

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At Killarney District Court on Monday, Judge David Waters convicted and fined Ronan Buckley and Christopher O'Donoghue 400 euro each.

Judge Waters said he wouldn't consider a custodial sentence but that it wasn't appropriate to leave the accused men without a conviction.

The judge said the victim Dan McCarthy and his friend who was with him on the night of the assault were in no way to blame for instigating the incident.

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Mr McCarthy suffered a broken nose, big burst fat lip and facial swelling and needs an operation to fix the damage to his nose.

In his victim impact statement, he said his children wouldn't come near him when they saw his face, they could hardly recognise him and called him a monster.

Mr Buckley and Mr O'Donoghue's solicitor Padraig O'Connell said they were appealing against the severity of the sentences in both cases, that notice of this appeal had been served on the State and that the appeal had been lodged with the Courts Service.

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