Judge to consider application to have referee assault case thrown out

Judge Bridget Reilly is to consider an application for charges against two men, on trial for attacking the referee at the 2010 Leinster Senior Football final, to be thrown out.

Judge Bridget Reilly is to consider an application for charges against two men, on trial for attacking the referee at the 2010 Leinster Senior Football final, to be thrown out.

Joseph Conlon of Marlbog Road, Haggardstown, Dundalk and Paul Grimes, with an address at Willowdale Bay Estate, Dundalk, are accused of assaulting Martin Sludden at Croke Park on July 11.

The court has heard that Mr Sludden has dropped his complaint and he is not a witness in this trial.

Post-match DVD footage of the 2010 Leinster final shows him being pushed and jostled on the pitch by Louth fans after a controversial late awarding of a goal that saw Meath win the game by two points.

The defence has applied for the charges against his alleged attackers, Mr Conlon and Mr Grimes, to be struck out.

They say, for assault, the prosecution must first prove there was a lack of consent and this, they argue, cannot be done without the referee's evidence.

The prosecution said that it can, and has pointed to the aggressive demeanour of the fans on the DVD and the referee's retreat.

Judge Reilly said that she wants more time to consider the issue and has put the case back until March for further submissions.

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