SOCCER ACE IN ‘BASEBALL BAT ATTACK’
Victim’s head was lying wide open, court is told
A FOOTBALLER battered a man with a baseball bat after a fight broke out at a party, a court heard.
Declan Gallagher, 24, a defender with SPFL championship club Livingston, is alleged to have assaulted Steven Findlay at the Parkville Hotel in Blantyre, Lanarkshire.
It is alleged that he and Anthony Murray, 29, repeatedly punched and kicked Mr Findlay in the head and body, knocked him to the ground and struck him on the head with a baseball bat on April 21, 2013.
Both men deny assaulting Mr Findlay to the danger of his life, while acting with others.
A further charge alleges Murray, of Blantyre, also attacked Mr Findlay’s girlfriend, Marie Dockery.
A jury at Hamilton Sheriff Court heard Miss Dockery claim she had been outside the venue when both men attacked her partner following an earlier incident that left her injured.
She said: “I then saw Anthony again when he came at Steven with a baseball bat later on.
“We were together outside waiting for a taxi and I was on my mobile phone.
“He walked past me and then doubled back and flew with the bat.
“I only saw him immediately before it happened, he had come from the front of the hotel.
“There were two big blows with the bat – the first one was from Declan Gallagher and the other from Anthony.
“But it is hard to know who did what first – it was so fast.
“He went down so quickly and he tried to get up but only got half way and there was another blow straight down on him.
“His head was lying wide open and there was blood everywhere.
“Our lives were devastated that night and our lives are still devastated by it and we will never forget who did it.
“I thought I was going to lose my partner, I thought he might die. His head was split from end to end when he got hit.
“Declan Gallagher had one of the baseball bats. I saw him attack, he wasn’t just standing by, watching it.”
Gallagher, of Dundee, a former Celtic youth team player, signed for Dundee from Clyde before joining Livingston last summer.
The trial continues.
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