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Lecturer agrees payout for breaking student's leg

A college lecturer has agreed to pay compensation to a former student after he assaulted him and broke his leg in a "friendly" soccer match.

Limerick Circuit Criminal Court was told yesterday that senior lecturer in French at the University of Limerick (UL) Dr Frederic Royall (52) agreed to settle a civil case, following an action taken by Hooman Reyhani (43).

Mr Reyhani -- an Irish national with an Iranian background -- broke his leg in two separate places after being punched by Royall towards the end of a soccer match at the UL sports complex on August 3, 2007.

Royall admitted assaulting Mr Reyhani, causing him harm, and the case was listed before Judge Carroll Moran yesterday for sentencing.

Mr Reyhani, who was in court for yesterday's proceedings, required a number of operations following the assault and also had to wear an ankle brace.

John O'Sullivan, prosecuting, told the court that Royall was not present in court and was believed to be abroad in France. During the brief hearing, Mr O'Sullivan said he did not know when the accused would be back in the country.

Earlier this year, Mr Reyhani -- who received a PhD in electronic engineering from UL -- refused a cheque for ?10,000 from Royall for compensation.

At the time, Judge Moran said the compensation offered by the defendant wasn't enough and wanted the High Court matter concluded before he could pass sentence.

Yesterday, Judge Moran heard that the civil case had been settled and was expected to be finalised in the High Court in the new year.


The amount of compensation to be paid to the injured man is unknown. The judge adjourned Royall's sentencing to January 28.

Royall currently holds the position as the head of UL's School of Languages, Literature, Culture and Communication.

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