Man accused of causing serious injury using ‘MMA move’ during a GAA match in Dublin

Charge of assault |

It was alleged the defendant “wrapped his legs around the injured man in what was described as a mixed martial arts move.”

Cormac Goodman, aged 28, of the Paddocks, Blackhorse Avenue, Dublin, pictured at the Criminal Courts of Justice (CCJ) on Parkgate Street after appearing at Dublin District Court. Image: Paddy Cummins

A DUBLIN man has been accused of attacking and injuring another man with a “mixed martial arts (MMA) move” as they attended a football match together.

Cormac Goodman, 28, The Paddocks, Blackhorse Avenue, D.7, appeared before Judge Michele Finan at Dublin District Court today.

He is accused of causing harm to an unnamed man at the Na Fianna GAA Club, St Mobhi Road, Glasnevin, Dublin, on September 4, 2022.

Defense barrister Brian Tunney said the defendant, who previously worked in Dublin 7 logistics, was pleading not guilty.

The Director of Public Prosecutions said the case could be tried at the district court level.

Judge Finan asked for a summary of the prosecution’s evidence to decide whether she would accept jurisdiction or send it to the district court, which has broader sentencing powers.

The court sergeant explained the facts on behalf of investigating officer Garda Finbarr Crowley.

Judge Finan heard: “The injured party and the defendant were involved in a football match together.”

It was alleged the defendant “wrapped his legs around the injured man in what was described as a mixed martial arts move.”

“In the end they both fell to the ground,” the sergeant said, adding that there was some kicking and the complainant “suffered a depressive fracture” as a result of this and the previous request.

The sergeant added, “In other words, a fracture of the lower leg and kneecap,” and it was a serious injury that would take about a year before he could return to contact sports.

A medical report was presented to the judge, but it dated from September last year and stated that it would be another year before there was a full picture of his recovery.

She said more than a year had passed and it was “crucial” to get an update before the venue decision for Mr Goodman.

Judge Finan adjourned the case to January 12 and remanded the defendant, who did not address court, on bail.


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