Monday 26 September 2016

Man accused of knife attack on cousin of Olympic boxer John Joe Nevin found not guilty

David Raleigh

Published 21/01/2016 | 16:59

Denis Hanafin, Curry, Athlone road, Longford; who was found not guilty of assault of Timothy Nevin in Kilmallock Mart at Limerick Circuit court Credit: Liam Burke/Press 22
Denis Hanafin, Curry, Athlone road, Longford; who was found not guilty of assault of Timothy Nevin in Kilmallock Mart at Limerick Circuit court Credit: Liam Burke/Press 22

A man accused of a knife attack on a cousin of Olympic boxer John Joe Nevin has been found not guilty by a jury this Thursday afternoon.

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 Denis Hanafin, 35, of Curry, Athlone Road, Longford, had denied assault causing harm to Timothy Nevin, 41, on October 28th, 2013, at the Golden Vale Mart Yard, Gotoon, Kilmallock, Co Limerick.

 Mr Hanafin, a father of seven, had also pleaded not guilty to possession of a Stanley knife, at the same location on the same date.

 It took the jury of seven men and five women 54 minutes to reach a unanimous verdict of "not guilty" on all charges at Limerick Circuit Court.

 Mr Nevin, who is a cousin of champion boxer John Joe Nevin, and who the court heard is a bare-knuckle boxer, had alleged he was the victim of an unprovoked knife attack.

 He told the court he was slashed across the head and face by Mr Hanafin, in Kilmallock Mart, where both men run market stalls.

 Mr Hanafin denied he caused Mr Nevin's injuries

 The accused told the court Mr Nevin threatened to kill him on the morning in question, however Mr Nevin denied this.

 Both men are members of the Travelling community.

 The court heard there was "bad blood" between the two families, which went back ten years.

 Earlier the court heard dramatic details of emergency 999 calls recorded on the day of the alleged knife attack.

 One 999 caller told the operator: "We need a guard...There's 10 to twelve in the gang...they all have slash hooks...they're all killing each other."

 Another panicked caller told the 999 operator: "There are loads of them fighting on the road, they're all killing each other...I don't know who they are."

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