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Appeal judge KOs bare-knuckle fighter who was awarded €60K for injury

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Martin Stokes Jnr

Martin Stokes Jnr

Martin Stokes Jnr

A bare-knuckle boxer awarded €60,000 after claiming to have injured his hand in a fall at halting site will be hit with an estimated €100,000 bill for costs if he doesn't seek a retrial of the High Court case.

Martin Stokes Jnr (28), with an address at Adamstown, Lucan, Co. Dublin, has been given eight weeks to decide whether he wants the case to go to retrial - or it will be dismissed with the costs awarded against him, the Court of Appeal ruled this week.

The court heard this week that the indicators are Stokes is very unlikely to proceed with a retrial after a video emerged of him injuring the same hand in a bare-knuckle boxing fight.

Stokes had initially been awarded €60,000, including €5,000 in aggravating damages, in his original High Court case against South Dublin County Council in 2017, after Mr Justice Anthony Barr said evidence did not support allegations by the defence that he was putting forward a fraudulent claim.

Stokes claimed he injured his knuckle while jogging near his caravan at Oldcastle Park halting site on September 18, 2011.

In the original hearing the defence suggested that Stokes more likely sustained the injuries boxing and was making a fraudulent claim.

However, the court was told at the time he boxed with Drimnagh Boxing Club and gloves would prevent such an injury occurring.

Insurance investigators subsequently found footage of Stokes on YouTube taking part in a bare-knuckle boxing fight, in which he injured a knuckle on the same hand he claimed to have injured in the fall.

In the Court of Appeal this week, Mr Justice Seamus Noonan said: "There is no doubt that the additional evidence that has now been admitted is highly material to this central issue in the case and is, to use the now common expression, a game-changer."

The Sunday World understands the costs for the defence are estimated to be between €80,000 and €100,000.

Stokes did not receive any of the original €60,000 award, as payment was delayed pending the outcome of the appeal.

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