GAA players jailed for assault

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Two GAA players, including a former Derry minor player, have been jailed for assaulting a man in Dungiven.

Cousins 23-year-old Ciaran McFeely and 22-year-old Niall Conal McFeely received 18 month determinate sentences at Derry Crown Court earlier this week.

Nine months of their sentence will be spent in custody, with a further nine months on licence.

Ciaran McFeely, of Foreglen Road, Claudy and Niall McFeely, of Sheascan View, Dungiven, admitted assaulting the man on June 13, last year.

The court heard that as a result of the assault the victim sustained head wounds, bruising, and broken and chipped teeth.

Passing sentence, Judge Piers Grant said there had been “tensions” between the McFeely’s and the injured party for some time before the assault.

However, he told the cousins this case made it clear any hostilities should “end and end now”.

The judge said the victim had received a “significant beating” from the McFeely’s and continued to suffer from anxiety as a result.

He added this fear was “quite understandable” because a bullet had been sent to the Samaritans telling the injured party to get out of the country before the trial.

However, the judge accepted that the defendants in the case “did not send it or cause it to be sent”.

He added that an aggravating factor in the case was that the cousins “encouraged” their friends to provide them with false alibis.

Evin Terrence King, of Drumceatt Park, and 22-year-old Thomas McGuigan of Irwin Avenue, both in Limavady, were jailed for nine months for perverting the course of justice.

Ciaran McFeely’s heavily pregnant fiancee Patricia Farren, of Foreglen Road, had her nine month jail term suspended for two years.

Judge Grant said the only thing saving her from jail was the “imminent birth of your child”.