Student is cleared in egg-throwing case
A 21-year-old student has been found not guilty of causing permanent damage to a woman's eye by hitting her with an egg at close range.
Following a two-day trial, Connell O'Brien was unanimously acquitted at Londonderry Crown Court yesterday of throwing the egg which struck the 24-year-old woman on the left eye.
As a result of the incident, which occurred outside the woman's Glenowen Park home in Derry just before midnight on June 14, 2013, the woman sustained permanent damage to her iris and damage to her retina.
The jury of 10 women and two men heard medical evidence that in the future the woman would, as a result of the incident, suffer a loss of vision acuity in her left eye.
Mr O'Brien, from Elmvale in the Culmore area of the city, is a second year marketing student at Manchester University. He has no criminal record.
When he was told by Judge Philip Babington that he was free to go, Mr O'Brien, who was described in various character references as being a polite, courteous young man who was an excellent role model for young people, replied: "Thank you".