Rugby star Stephen Ferris and brother appear in court on assault charges
An Ulster rugby star has denied two counts of assault.
Standing in the dock of Belfast Crown Court dressed in a suit, Ulster, Ireland and British and Irish Lions forward Stephen Ferris (25) pleaded not guilty to one charge of causing actual bodily harm to Colm Conlon and one of common assault on James McGinley on September 27, 2009. His brother David Ferris (28), and with the same address at Chestnut Hall Avenue in Moira, pleaded guilty to causing Mr Conlon actual bodily harm on the same date.
Defence QC Liam McCollum, appearing for both brothers, said there was no issue whether David Ferris was dealt with before the trial of his brother.
He added, however, that the rugby international will be in New Zealand “over September and October and he has serious commitments in November”.
Setting a trial date for the last week in November, Judge Geoffrey Millar QC released both men on continuing bail and ordered pre-sentence probation reports for David Ferris.