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Medical report sought on player allegedly punched by Dubs forward Costello


Footballer Cormac Costello. Photo: SPORTSFILE

Footballer Cormac Costello. Photo: SPORTSFILE

Footballer Cormac Costello. Photo: SPORTSFILE

Prosecutors have sought a medical report in the case of a Dublin footballer accused of assaulting another player during a match.

Cormac Costello (25) was a spectator at a game when he allegedly struck the player.

A medical report on the alleged victim's injuries has been requested and the case was adjourned at Dublin District Court.

Mr Costello, a key member of Dublin's five-in-a-row winning team, was excused from attending court amid ongoing restrictions due to the Covid-19 crisis.

Judge John Cheatle remanded him on continuing bail in his absence.

The accused, of Lorcan Crescent, Santry, is charged with assault causing harm to Aodan Fee at Naomh Mearnog GAA, Portmarnock, on July 6 last year.

When the case came before the court yesterday, a garda sergeant submitted evidence of Mr Costello's arrest, charge and caution by certificate.

She said she had served the accused's solicitor with a written outline of the prosecution's evidence.

The sergeant said the DPP had directed summary disposal of the case at district court level, subject to a judge considering the issue of jurisdiction.


She said she was making enquiries to see if there was a medical report available.

Judge Cheatle adjourned the case to Swords District Court on September 14, for mention only, noting that the issue of jurisdiction was outstanding and a medical report awaited.

Mr Costello was excused from attending.

Defence solicitor Robert Purcell asked the judge to make a full disclosure order, to include video footage and statements.

The charge against Mr Costello is contrary to Section 3 of the Non-Fatal Offences Against the Person Act and carries a maximum sentence of five years' jail on conviction.

The accused, who is the son of the county board's chief executive John Costello, was granted bail at Coolock Garda Station after he was charged there earlier this month.

He met gardai by appointment as part of the investigation into the alleged assault at the Saturday evening match.

It is understood Mr Costello was in the crowd and not involved on the pitch during the Division 2 AFL game between his club Whitehall Colmcille and hosts Naomh Mearnog.

During the second half, a row occurred and a Naomh Mearnog player was allegedly punched once in the face.

The alleged victim suffered a cut lip and was bleeding.

He was treated for his injuries and a complaint was later made to gardai, who launched an investigation.

Mr Costello has won five All-Ireland senior football championships with Dublin, as well as seven Leinster titles and five National Football Leagues.

He was also a member of the All-Ireland winning U-21 team in 2014.

In his second senior football championship final, he came off the bench against Mayo, scoring three points and playing a central role as Dublin claimed the Sam Maguire in 2016.