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Cousin of Olympic boxer John Joe Nevin charged with dangerous driving and failing to stop

David Raleigh

Published 24/07/2015 | 13:01

Michael Nevin, 20, of Greenview, Roscrea, a cousin of Olympian boxer John Joe Nevin, has been remanded on bail, charged with dangerous driving, failing to stop for gardai, possession of a screwdriver with intent commit burglary, driving without insurance.
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Michael Nevin, 20, of Greenview, Roscrea, a cousin of Olympian boxer John Joe Nevin, has been remanded on bail, charged with dangerous driving, failing to stop for gardai, possession of a screwdriver with intent commit burglary, driving without insurance. Photo: Brian Gavin Press 22

A cousin of Olympian boxer John Joe Nevin, has been remanded on bail, charged with dangerous driving and failing to stop for gardai in Co Tipperary.

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Michael Nevin, with an address at Greenview, Portlaoise, is also charged with possession of a screwdriver with intent to use it in a burglary in Roscrea, on May 1, 2015.

Mr Nevin, who won the European Junior Boxing Championship in Russia last year, is alleged to have failed to stop for a Garda at Grove Street, Townsparks, Roscrea, also on May 1.

The 20-year old, who is a six-time Irish champion, is charged with one count of diving without insurance, and one count of dangerous driving, all on the same date.

A co-accused, Martin McDonagh, 32, of Clonroosle View, Portlaoise, is charged with unauthorised carriage in a vehicle at Ballybrit, Roscrea; possession of certain articles; and burglary at Sli Dala, Benamore, Roscrea, all on May 1, 2015.

Both cases were adjourned to Nenagh District Court today for directions from the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).

Garda Oliver Hennelly, Roscrea garda station, told the court, the State had not yet received directions.

"We are still looking for forensic evidence in relation to the case and were awaiting a report on that," Garda Hennelly said.

Mr Nevin's solicitor told the court the State "gave assurances" that DPP directions would be ready today.

She asked the court to strike out the charges against Mr Nevin.

Judge Elizabeth McGrath noted the State had previously altered the hours of a curfew imposed by the court as part of Mr Nevin's bail conditions, "to facilitate his boxing training".

The court said the curfew would "remain in place", despite objections from Mr Nevin's solicitor.

Judge McGrath lifted a previous driving ban imposed on Mr Nevin as part of his bail terms, subject to the boxer producing Gardai with a valid insurance certificate.

Judge McGrath marked the case "peremptory against the State" and warned she would strike out the charges against Mr Nevin if DPP directions were not finalised at the next stage.

She made the same order in the case of Martin McDonagh.

Judge McGrath remanded both men on continuing bail to appear before Nenagh District Court on September 25th.

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