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Two men to stand trial in connection with incident which left Down senior footballer with fractured skull

Lee Daniel McKay

Two men have been ordered to stand trial in connection with an incident which left a Down senior footballer with a fractured skull.

Lee Daniel McKay (37) appeared before Newry Magistrates Court, sitting in Lisburn, via videolink from a solicitor's office in Australia.

McKay, who resides in Australia but whose address is listed as Drumalane Park in Newry, is accused of causing actual bodily harm to Patrick Mooney on December 30 2019 and with affray at Merchants Quay.

His co-accused, Ruairi Connolly (36), from School Meadow in Newtownhamilton, faces the same two charges but also a further offence of causing grievous bodily harm to Caolan Mooney.

Previous courts have heard that Down footballer Caolan Mooney had played in the Mourne men's McKenna Cup win against Fermanagh on Sunday December 29 when the incident that left him in hospital with a fractured skull in the early hours.

While Patrick Mooney received treatment for a broken nose, Caolan Mooney was treated in the Royal Victoria Hospital for a fractured skull.

Freeing them both on continuing bail, District Judge Amanda Brady returned the case to Newry Crown Court for trial, adjourning their arraignment to a date to be fixed.

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