Northern Ireland

Gaelic footballer not guilty of grievous bodily harm

A GAA footballer has been found not guilty of grievous bodily harm on another player in a match in 2008.

Loughinisland player Jamie O'Reilly admitted punching Leitrim player Stephen O'Higgins in the face but said it was in self-defence.

The court heard evidence that Mr O'Higgins, who had been marking the accused, had punched him several times before Mr O'Reilly struck back.

Mr O'Higgins had denied punching Mr O'Reilly at all.

A medical expert said Mr O'Higgins had suffered a facial fracture and had to have platelets fitted as a result of his injuries.

On Tuesday, a jury at Downpatrick Crown Court took 20 minutes to find Mr O'Reilly not guilty of grievous bodily harm.