Soccer player Jeff Hendrick found not guilty of violent disorder
A jury has acquitted international footballer Jeff Hendrick of using or threatening to use violence outside a nightclub in Dublin city four years ago.
Mr Hendrick (25) had pleaded not guilty to committing violent disorder at Harcourt Street, Dublin on October 12, 2013.
A co-accused Jonathan Doran (26), of Kilmore Close, Artane also pleaded not guilty to the charge of violent disorder and to a separate charge of assault causing harm to Darren McDermott at the junction of Montague Street and Harcourt Street on the same date.
During a four day trial at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court Mr McDermott gave evidence that he became involved in a verbal row with Mr Hendrick and others with him after meeting them in Krystal nightclub on Harcourt street.
He said once outside the nightclub Mr Hendrick and other men continued to shout at him. He got into a taxi to get away but Mr Hendrick and other men surrounded the taxi when it stopped at traffic lights, he testified.
Mr McDermott said that Mr Hendrick dragged him from the taxi. He said he was assaulted by a number of people and suffered multiple fractures to his jaw and had his teeth smashed. He had emergency surgery for his injuries and is still receiving medical attention, he said.
Lawyers for Mr Hendrick told the jury that the row outside the nightclub between Mr Hendrick and the complainant were “drunken handbags” between two drunken men.
They said that Mr Hendrick could did not chase the taxi and did not pull Mr McDermott out of the taxi.
After deliberating for 29 minutes the jury at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court found Mr Hendrick not guilty of violent disorder but convicted Mr Doran of that offence.
Earlier Judge Martin Nolan told the jury he was withdrawing the assault charge because there was no evidence to support it.
More to follow.