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Monday 23 October 2017

Fan's jaw broken by boxer after ManU jibe

HIT: Pub row over game

A promising young boxer punched a rival football supporter in the face and left him with a broken jaw after a heated exchange between the pair following a match between Liverpool and Manchester United.

Sean Turner (19) left the victim unable to speak following the assault.

The victim was admitted to hospital for an operation to fix his broken jaw, and he later had to be re-admitted when he developed an infection in his jaw.

A court heard that the incident had arisen following a verbal exchange between rival Manchester United and Liverpool supporters.

Judge Clare Leonard adjourned sentencing to December, and said Turner should have substantial compensation in court on the next occasion.

Turner, of Rathsallagh Avenue, Shankill, admitted before Dun Laoghaire District Court to seriously assaulting another man.

The incident took place at the Ramblers Rest pub in Ballybrack shortly after 12 midnight on October 26 last year.

Garda Sergeant Peadar McCann said that Turner had punched the victim once in the face for no apparent reason, and left him with a broken jaw.

Sgt McCann said the victim was out of work for six weeks following the assault, but has since recovered.

The court heard that Turner has no previous convictions.

Defence solicitor Ronnie Lynam said Turner had been in the pub watching a match between Liverpool and Manchester United.

Mr Lynam claimed that there had been an exchange between the two parties, and Turner had felt that he was being taunted and jeered by the victim and his friends. It was also claimed he had beer mats flicked at him.

The court heard that Turner regrets he was unable to control his anger, and both parties had been drinking.

Mr Lynam said Turner was an amateur boxer, and was in receipt of a small grant so that he could pursue his boxing career.

Judge Leonard ordered a probation report and adjourned sentencing to December.

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