The San Francisco police have released 26-year-old Patrick Power who was arrested for attacking Mark McGovern during a Gaelic football match on Treasure Island. Witnesses saw Power stand over the Fermanagh man’s body saying “You won’t get up from that”.
McGovern was struck in the head so hard that he fell into a coma for five weeks. He has been left with a traumatic brain injury.
Last Thursday, former Celts player, Patrick Power, of Half Moon Bay, was arrested under suspicion of battery causing serious bodily injury on June 25. He was released over the weekend. According to prosecutors no charges were filed.
Power was arrested after the police carried out a series of interview with eye witnesses. They claim that the ball was on the other side of the pitch when McGovern was hit. Power was seen standing over McGovern’s body saying “You won't get up from that."
He was given a 96-week ban by the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA).
Mark’s family, who have been by his beside since the accident, told the BBC that he is recovering well. McGovern’s medical bills are currently believed to be in excess of $1 million.
The Irish community in San Francisco has already begun fundraising efforts. Communities elsewhere, such as Woodlawn, in the Bronx, NY are also planning events.
For more information on fundraising visit Mark McGovern supporter’s my donate page.