Man suffered seven broken teeth during alleged Wicklow GAA match assault, court hears

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Man suffered seven broken teeth during Wicklow GAA match assault, court hears

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A Baltinglass man has appeared in court charged with an assault during a GAA match. Another man broke seven teeth during an incident which occurred during the match, a court has heard.

Before the Naas sitting of Athy District Court on Thursday, October 17, was Billy Cullen, 34, of Parkmore, Baltinglass, Wicklow.

Mr Cullen is charged with assaulting Kevin Rogers, causing him harm, at Blessington GAA on June 9 last.

Sgt Brian Jacob told the court the State is alleging that Mr Cullen punched Mr Rogers during a GAA match. The court heard the men were playing on opposite sides.

Sgt Jacob said Mr Rogers suffered seven broken teeth, and was admitted to a dental hospital. Several teeth were also dislodged, the court heard.

Sgt Jacob said two of Mr Rogers' teeth are beyond repair.

Sgt Jacob said the DPP directed summary disposal of the case. “Nothing surprises me anymore, the DPP thinks this is a minor allegation. It’s quite obvious that this is not a minor allegation,” said Judge Desmond Zaidan.

The solicitor representing Mr Cullen, Pat Reidy, said one aspect that concerns him is that there was no reference in any respect that the incident is on CCTV. He requested the CCTV to be included in the book of evidence. 

“Yes, it has to be,” said Sgt Jacob.

Judge Zaidan refused jurisdiction in the matter. The case was adjourned until February 6, 2020, for service of the book of evidence.

As part of a bail condition, Mr Cullen was ordered not to have any contact with the alleged injured party or any State witnesses, directly or indirectly.