SOC­CER ACE IN ‘BASE­BALL BAT ATTACK’

Vic­tim’s head was ly­ing wide open, court is told

Midweek Sport - - FRONT PAGE - By DAVID MEIKLE news@sun­daysport.co.uk

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.

Kicked

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.

Split

“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.

cap­tion in here please

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.