Tuesday 25 October 2016

Olympic medallist John Joe Nevin due in court charged with public order offences

Published 10/04/2015 | 14:02

John Joe Nevin
John Joe Nevin
John Joe Nevin recuperating at home in Mullingar

Olympic silver medalist, John Joe Nevin, is due in court in Mullingar this afternoon to answer two charges of breaching the Public Order Act.

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Mr Nevin, who was due to appear in court this morning, had his case adjourned to the afternoon sitting after his solicitor, Trish Cronin, told Judge Seamus Hughes that Mr Nevin had been away training in another part of the country, and was making his way back to Mullingar.

Mr Nevin, born on June 7 1989 and whose address is given as 7 St Anthony’s Cottages, Mullingar, is charged with intoxication and insulting, threatening or abusive behaviour. The offences are alleged to have occurred at Dominick Street, Mullingar on Easter Monday night.

Four co-defendants have had their cases adjourned to May 21 next, with bail set at €100 a head. The defendants didn't enter a plea.

They are: John Joseph Nevin, born on May 22 1995, of 7 Grange Meadows, Mullingar; and David Nevin, born on July 2 1990, of 4 The Moorings, Ballymahon Road, who were each charged with intoxication and threatening, insulting or abusive behaviour, at Dominick Street on April 6 2015.

Charged with the same two offences, and also with failing to comply with the direction of a Garda, contrary to section 8 of the Public Order Act were Paddy Nevin, born on June 27 1994 and with an address at 7 St Anthony's Cottages and Christopher Nevin, born on September 12 1992, whose address is 12 Grange Meadows.

"We were met with a lot of aggression and a lot of intoxication," Sergeant Damien Connaughton told Judge Seamus Hughes, as he described how the eight or nine Gardai who attended at the scene were met with "about 20 to 25 participants".

Sergeant Connaughton said that the alleged incident occurred outside a public house known as “The Stillery”.

The four defendants whose cases have been adjourned were each instructed, as part of their bail conditions, to remain drug and alcohol free; not to enter any licensed premises in Westmeath, or any portion of a commercial premises in which liquor is displayed and for sale; and not to have in their possession in any public place, any intoxicating liquor, and that they abide by curfews.

Separately, an application was brought by the gardaí to have a temporary closure order imposed on the pub The Stillery, outside which the alleged offences took place, and also a row on St Patrick’s Night which received widespread national coverage .

Inspector Jarlath Folan told Judge Hughes that gardaí were concerned that the pub was being run in a “disorderly” fashion.

Derek Martin, who is leasing the pub and who obtained the licence by way of an ad interim transfer in November of last year, through his solicitor, Bob Marren, consented to a five day closure, which runs from 5pm today to 5pm on Wednesday of next week.

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