Sunday 18 February 2018

Case against Irish international footballer Jeff Hendrick (23) charged with violent disorder outside a Dublin nightclub is adjourned

Republic of Ireland midfielder Jeff Hendrick
Republic of Ireland midfielder Jeff Hendrick

Andrew Phelan

THE case against an Irish international football star charged with violent disorder outside a Dublin nightclub has been adjourned for six weeks.

Jeff Hendrick (23) was remanded on continuing bail in his absence today after a court heard the prosecution was seeking more time.

The Derby County midfielder is charged with violent disorder in an alleged incident in Dublin city centre two years ago. A co-accused man, Jonathan Doran (24) is charged with violent disorder and assaulting a man.

Judge Patrick Clyne adjourned both cases to a date in December after a State Solicitor said a dental report was being sought in relation to Mr Doran’s assault charge.

Mr Hendrick had been excused from appearing in court today and Judge Clyne said he did not need to be present on the next date.

The footballer, originally from Kilmore in north Dublin, is charged with violent disorder on Harcourt Street on October 12, 2013.

Mr Doran, from Kilmore Close, Artane is charged with violent disorder and assault causing harm to a man at Montague Street on the same date. Neither man has indicated yet how they intend to plead to the charges.

The court heard the DPP had already directed summary disposal. This means the charges can be dealt with at district court level instead of being sent to Dublin Circuit Criminal Court, which has tougher potential sentencing powers on conviction.

After Judge Clyne granted the adjournment, a barrister for Mr Hendrick said he had been “excused for today and I wonder could that continue.”

The judge agreed.

On his first court appearance last month, Garda Damien Beakey said Mr Hendrick made no reply to the charge after caution and was handed a copy of the charge sheet.

Garda Beakey said there were no injuries alleged in Mr Hendrick’s case.

Mr Hendrick was granted bail in his own bond of €200, with no cash lodgement required. There was no garda objection to bail.

Previously, the court was told Mr Hendrick was a professional footballer who played in the UK.

He had been excused from attending today because, the court was told, he was due to play a match tomorrow.

The charge of violent disorder, under the public order act, involves an allegation of the use of, or the threat of violence, which could cause a person to fear for their safety.

Mr Hendrick was one of a number of men arrested by gardai investigating the alleged incident.

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