Three face charges over Martin Sludden assault

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Updated: May 11, 2011

Three men from Co Louth appeared in court on Tuesday accused of attacking referee, Martin Sludden in the aftermath of last year’s Leinster Senior Football final at Croke Park.

Sludden was confronted by the Louth fans after the match in which he allowed a Meath goal that was clearly carried over the goal line. The Tyrone referee later admitted that he had made a mistake,but the game was not replayed.

Joseph Conlon (23), of Marlbog Road, Haggardstown, Dundalk, Paul Grimes (50), with an address at Willowdale Bay Estate, Dundalk and Dermot Rodgers (44), of Belfry Gardens, St Alphonsus Road, Dundalk, appeared at Dublin District Court today. All three were accused of assaulting Mr Sludden, at Croke Park on July 11th last.

Charges were brought under Section 2 of the Non-Fatal Offences Against the Persons Act, which has a penalty of up to six months imprisonment and or a fine.

Ms Lisa Cassidy BL, counsel for Mr Rodgers and Mr Conlon, asked Judge Bryan Smyth to make an order for the State to provide disclosure of evidence. She explained that she was seeking “CCTV and TV footage of the alleged incident.” Sean T O’Reilly, solicitor for Mr Grimes, also made a request for the footage “that gardai may seek to rely on in relation to this matter.”

Garda Sgt Shay Roche, of Fitzgibbon St Garda station, Dublin, stated that there was video footage of the incident and agreed that this included “TV footage.” Judge Smyth made an order for the State to provide disclosure of the evidence sought by the defence lawyers by June 9th next.

He adjourned the case until July 7th when the three men will be required are to enter pleas.

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