Tuesday 19 February 2019

All-Ireland winner who broke player's jaw gets 4 months

Ruairi McGlone broke his victim’s jaw in the one-punch attack
Ruairi McGlone broke his victim’s jaw in the one-punch attack

A former All-Ireland U21 winner who punched another player after a college GAA football final has been sentenced to four months in prison.

Ruairi McGlone (22) broke Colin Hehir's jaw and knocked him unconscious in the one-punch attack.

A court heard Mr Hehir had three plates inserted in his chin and jaw after the assault. His college and sporting life was also seriously disrupted.

The assault happened following Ulster University's All-Ireland Intermediate Colleges football final defeat to the University of Limerick (UL).

McGlone was a former Tyrone All-Ireland U21 winner in 2015 and the county's minor captain in 2013.

The defendant, of Glendavagh Road, Caledon, Tyrone, had admitted before Blanchardstown District Court to seriously assaulting Mr Hehir at the National Sports Campus, in Abbotstown, last March 2.


Det Gda Adrian Kildea said UL had won the match and were celebrating.

He said Mr Hehir had his hands up in the air when McGlone came over and punched him in the face.

He was knocked to the ground, unconscious, and suffered a badly broken jaw.

Defence lawyer Ciaran MacLoughlin said McGlone was studying architectural engineering.

His father was a farmer and the defendant helped to milk the cows every day.

He said McGlone, who had never been in trouble before, sincerely apologised for his behaviour. He was bitterly disappointed about losing the match and it was "one moment of madness in the heat of battle".

Imposing a four-month sentence, Judge David McHugh said "there are no winners here".

McGlone immediately appealed the sentence.

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