Charges dropped against man accused of assaulting footballer

Niall Grace.
Niall Grace.

The charges against a man accused of assaulting Institute footballer, Niall Grace, have been withdrawn.

Matthew McDermott, of Cornshell Fields, was charged with causing grievous bodily harm with intent to Niall Grace on September 11, last year.

McDermott was further charged with disorderly behaviour in the Waterloo Street area and possession of ecstasy.

The grievous bodily harm charge was withdrawn in its entirety.

Derry Magistrate’s Court was told the defendant had already accepted a formal caution in respect of the other two charges and they were also withdrawn.

He was not present in court for the brief hearing.