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Two men will stand trial on offences which left a Down senior footballer with a fractured skull after they entered not guilty pleas yesterday

Two men will stand trial on offences which left a Down senior footballer with a fractured skull after they entered not guilty pleas yesterday

Two men will stand trial on offences which left a Down senior footballer with a fractured skull after they entered not guilty pleas yesterday

Two men will stand trial on offences which left a Down senior footballer with a fractured skull after they entered not guilty pleas yesterday.

At Newry Crown Court yesterday, Lee Daniel McKay (37), who lives in Australia but whose address was listed as Drumalane Park, Newry, denied causing actual bodily harm to Patrick Mooney on December 30, 2019 and affray at Merchants Quay.

Ruairi Connolly (36), from School Meadow in Newtownhamilton, faces the same two charges, as well as causing grievous bodily harm to Caolan Mooney.

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

Following yesterday's brief arraignment, Judge Gordon Kerr QC reminded defence and prosecution lawyers that due to the current health crisis, courts were only dealing with trials where there was a single defendant so he could not set a trial date.

Belfast Telegraph