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puck sake Hurling manager left opponent's finger 'hanging by a thread', court told


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A hurling team manager left an opponent's finger “hanging by a thread” after he allegedly hit him with a hurl.

Appearing at Armagh Magistrates Court, sitting in Newry, 35-year-old Terry McCann was charged with inflicting grievous bodily harm on Liam McIlroy with intent on August 11 last year.

The court heard that during a match between McCann’s Derrynoose team and the Keady team, for which McIlroy was a sub, there was an altercation on the sidelines which resulted in Mr McIlroy receiving an injury to his left hand.

It is the Crown case that McCann, from the Tievenamara Road in Keady, used a hurl to strike the opposing player, leaving his little finger “hanging by a thread”.

The victim was taken to hospital where he had to undergo surgery and had to have a metal plate surgically inserted into his hand.

The defence had argued there was not enough evidence to justify returning the case to the Crown Court for trial but, having heard from numerous witnesses, District Judge Bernie Kelly said she was satisfied there was a Prima Facie case.

The court clerk told McCann that although not obliged to he had the right to comment on the charge and to call evidence to the PE on his behalf but he declined the opportunity.

Freeing McCann on his own bail of £500 with a condition barring him from contacting any witnesses, DJ Kelly returned the case to Newry Crown Court and scheduled the arraignment for December 7.

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