A GAA player and his uncle were both handed fines when they appeared before a court in Donegal yesterday charged with assaulting a man while on a night out in Donegal Town.
Donegal District Court heard that former Derry Minor footballer, Rory Moore, 19, had been on a night out at the Abbey Hotel on April 1 this year and had refused to pay the admission fee.
When he was asked to leave, the defendant who with his uncle, Fergal Moore, took exception to this and a row ensued. The court heard that the pair, along with another person yet to come before the court, then
assaulted local man Declan Devine who ended up with a cut and scrape to his right eye.
All three men were arrested at the scene and charged with assault causing harm at The Diamond in the town.
Defence solicitor, James Corbett told Judge Kevin Kilrane that Rory Moore, with an address at Slieveboy Road, Claudy was “very apologetic” and “traumatized” to have got himself involved in the situation.
The court heard that Fergal Moore, 39, of Sixmilecross, Co. Tyrone and a keen GAA supporter had been the main assailant who was most apologetic and embarrassed about the event.
Judge Kilrane noted that Fergal Moore had been born in 1973 and therefore he should have known better. He imposed a €400 on Fergal Moore while Rory Moore was ordered to pay €200.GAA player fined over assault