Saturday 3 December 2016

Footballer pulled attack victim from taxi, court told

Andrew Phelan

Published 16/03/2016 | 02:30

Republic of Ireland soccer star Jeff Hendrick (24) at court yesterday, where he faced a violent disorder charge. Photo: Courtpix
Republic of Ireland soccer star Jeff Hendrick (24) at court yesterday, where he faced a violent disorder charge. Photo: Courtpix

Republic of Ireland footballer Jeff Hendrick pulled a nightclubber out of a taxi before the man was set upon by a group of attackers who left him with a broken jaw, it has been alleged.

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A court was told Mr Hendrick (24) chased the man in the cab and forcibly removed him from it following a row in a club.

A co-defendant, Jonathan Doran (24), is accused of assaulting the man, who suffered a triple fracture to his jaw and broken teeth.

Both Mr Hendrick and Mr Doran are facing a jury trial after a judge ruled the case was too serious to be heard at Dublin District Court.

Mr Hendrick (23), from Kilmore in Dublin but now based in England where he plays for Derby County, pleaded not guilty to violent disorder at Harcourt Street on October 12, 2013.

Mr Doran, of Kilmore Crescent, Artane, is also denying violent disorder, as well as assaulting Darren McDermott. No assault charge has been brought against Mr Hendrick.

Judge John Cheatle adjourned the case to April.

Irish Independent

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