Belfast Telegraph

Footballer attack accused in the clear

By George Jackson

An assault charge against a man who had been accused of a one punch attack on an Institute FC footballer has been withdrawn.

Matthew McDermott (22), from Cornshell Fields, had been charged with committing grievous bodily harm with intent against footballer Niall Grace outside a Waterloo Street bar in the centre of Londonderry on September 11 last year. Following the incident, the victim was taken by ambulance to the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast with injuries that were initially life-threatening.

He has since recovered.

A barrister for the Public Prosecution Service told the Magistrates' Court in Derry yesterday that the charge against McDermott was to be withdrawn and replaced with a formally administered caution.

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