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Match assault case GAA player Barry Hughes walks free - no evidence offered

By George Jackson

A GAA footballer from Co Tyrone who was to have gone on trial at the Crown Court in Derry on Monday charged with assaulting a member of the opposing team during a match, walked free when a Public Prosecution Service barrister said no evidence was being offered in the case.

Barry Hughes, 32, from Greenvale Drive in Cookstown had denied a charge of assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

The incident was alleged to have taken place in Bellaghy on September 26, 2014.

The defendant was playing for the Father Rocks G.A.A. team and the injured party was a member of the Roger Casement G.A.A. team.

The barrister told Judge Philip Babington that no evidence was being offered against the defendant.

The barrister said as a result of further information which had come to light, the prosecution had determined that the case no longer met the test for a criminal trial.

His application for the charge to be left on the books, not to be proceeded with without leave of the court, was granted by Judge Babington.

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