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First-aider headbutted ex’s new man

A FIRST aid volunteer headbutted his ex-partner’s new man during an argument at a junior soccer tournament, a court heard.

Stephen Massey (39) came up to John Doyle and told him to “f**k off out of here” in front of a group of children.

He had denied the headbutt, claiming the pair had squared up to each other but there was no contact.

Finding him guilty, Judge Sinead Ni Chulachain ordered Massey to donate €500 to Crumlin Children’s Hospital and said she’d strike out the matter.

The defendant, of Connawood Lawn in Bray, was found guilty before Dun Laoghaire District Court of assaulting John Doyle at Kilbogget Park in Cabinteely on June 10, 2012.

Mr Doyle said he was attending a junior soccer tournament when Massey came up to him and told him to “f**kin leave the place”.

Mr Doyle said he has been in a relationship with Massey’s former partner for eight years and both men had children playing in the soccer tournament.

He said he walked away but Massey came after him, telling him to “f**kin leave, you shouldn’t be here”.


Mr Doyle said Massey then headbutted him and pushed him, leaving him with a red eye.

He claimed Massey then shouted: “Come on, hit me, have a f**kin go”, but he walked away.

Mr Doyle said he was “shocked” and couldn’t believe Massey had assaulted him in front of a group of children.

The court heard Mr Doyle received treatment from St John Ambulance volunteers.

In cross examination, he denied he said “there’s a smell here, let’s go”, when he saw the defendant.

In his evidence, Massey claimed Mr Doyle came up to him and he asked him to leave as it was making his son uncomfortable.

He claimed Mr Doyle said it was “a free country” and he could stand where he liked.

Massey claimed the pair traded insults and squared up to each other but there was no headbutt.

The defendant said it “boggled” his mind how Mr Doyle could have had an eye injury because he did not make any contact the eye.

The court heard Massey is a qualified first-aider and volunteers with St John Ambulance and the Irish Coast Guard.

Any conviction would impact on his career, his lawyer said.