Saturday 23 September 2017

Olympic hero John Joe Nevin ‘aggressive’ to gardai and father during street row, court hears

John Joe Nevin had a dispute over taxi with father.
John Joe Nevin had a dispute over taxi with father.
Boxer John Joe Nevin before a press conference where he announced that he was turning professional
John Joe Nevin when he declared earlier this year that he was turning professional
8 June 2013; Ireland's John Joe Nevin, second from left, and Jason Quigley, second from right, who won gold medals in the 56kg Bantamweight and 75Kg Middleweight divisions respectively, alongside Paddy Barnes, left, and Michael Conlan, right, who won silver medals in the 49Kg Light Flyweight and 52Kg Flyweight divisions respectively at the EUBC European Men's Boxing Championships 2013 in Minsk, Belarus.
9 June 2013; Ireland's Jason Quigley, left, and John Joe Nevin, who won gold medals in the 75Kg Middleweight and 56kg Bantamweight divisions respectively, on their arrival home from the EUBC European Men's Boxing Championships 2013 in Belarus. IABA Welcome Home the EUBC European Men's Boxing Championships 2013 Team, Dublin Airport, Dublin. Picture credit: Matt Browne / SPORTSFILE
Ireland's John Joe Nevin, who won gold in the 56kg Bantamweight division at EUBC European Men's Boxing Championships 2013 in Minsk, Belarus, with his 3-year-old son Martin
Ireland's John Joe Nevin, who won gold in the 56kg Bantamweight division, with his family on his arrival home
8 June 2013; Ireland's John Joe Nevin, left, and Jason Quigley, second from left, who won gold medals in the 56kg Bantamweight and 75Kg Middleweight divisions respectively, alongside Paddy Barnes, right, and Michael Conlan who won silver medals in the 49Kg Light Flyweight and 52Kg Flyweight divisions respectively, with team coach Billy Walsh. EUBC European Men's Boxing Championships 2013, Minsk, Belarus. Picture credit: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE
John Joe Nevin, left, Ireland, exchanges punches with Selcuk Eker, Turkey, during their 56kg Bantamweight bout. Photo: Sportsfile
Team Ireland boxing head coach Billy Walsh with John Joe Nevin after John Joe's victory over Cuban Lazaro Alvarez Estrada at the London Olympics in August.
John Joe Nevin, Ireland, celebrates with his gold medal after defeating Mykola Butsenko in the 56kg Bantamweight final at EUBC European Men's Boxing Championships 2013
Luke Campbell and John Joe Nevin
Team Ireland boxing head coach Billy Walsh with John Joe Nevin after John Joe's victory over Cuban Lazaro Alvarez Estrada at the London Olympics in August, 2012.
John Joe Nevin
John Joe Nevin shows off his bodhran-playing skills at the Fleadh Cheoil in Cavan yesterday. LORRAINE TEEVAN
Team Ireland's John Joe Nevin celebrates with his silver medal for boxing on his arrival home from the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Olympic silver-medallist John Joe Nevin with Niall Horan of boyband One Direction on his arrival home to Mullingar, Co Westmeath
13 August 2012; Team Ireland's John Joe Nevin celebrates with his silver medal for boxing on their arrival home from the London 2012 Olympic Games. Dublin Airport, Dublin. Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE
Luke Campbell of Britain (2nd from L) poses with his gold medal along with silver medallist John Joe Nevin of Ireland (L) and bronze medallists Lazaro Alvarez Estrada of Cuba and Satoshi Shimizu of Japan (2nd from R) during the presentation ceremony. Photo: Reuters
John Joe Nevin, silver medalist at Dublin airport.

OLYMPIC boxer John Joe Nevin has been ordered to give a master class to youngsters after a street row with his father.

The London 2012 silver medal winner and his father Martin have appeared in court after a dispute over whether to get a taxi home from an event.

Judge Seamus Hughes said John Joe Nevin's punishment will be to give a four-hour boxing master class to young people at Mullingar Boxing Club, Co Westmeath.

Judge Hughes said he would follow the example of his colleague Judge Alan Mitchell, who ordered footballer Paul McGrath to spend a day with young people in Tullamore's soccer club following a public order incident.

The Nevin incident at Mullingar's Castle Street in the early hours of July 21 this year didn't show father or son in a good light, Judge Hughes said.

Inspector Jarlath Folan said the argument drew a crowd and caught the attention of two gardai who were on patrol.

The two men, both with an address at St Anthony's Cottages, Mullingar, were roaring and shouting at each other and both were intoxicated.

John Joe was aggressive to his father and ran over to him as the older man tried to get into a taxi. The boxer was also aggressive to one of the gardai.

His father also put a curse on the other garda at the scene, the court was told.

The boxer recently announced his decision to turn professional.

Judge Hughes was unimpressed when he indicated he might not have time to give a master class as he is going to America soon for training.

He said he didn't care about America – and that Nevin hadn't cared about America when he was "acting the bowsie on the streets of Mullingar".

Nevin is to return to court on December 5 to present his plans for the master class.

By Claire O'Brien

Irish Independent

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