Sunday 22 July 2018

'Forget he is famous footballer'

(Stock photo)
(Stock photo)

Jessica Magee

The jury in the violent disorder trial of Republic of Ireland soccer star Jeff Hendrick has been told to put the fact that he plays football out of their minds.

Mr Hendrick (25), originally from Kilmore Drive, Artane, Dublin, but now living in the UK, denies committing violent disorder at Harcourt Street, Dublin, on October 12, 2013.

Co-accused Jonathan Doran (26) has denied the same charge. Mr Doran, of Kilmore Close in Artane, has also pleaded not guilty to assault causing harm to Darren McDermott on the same occasion.

Mr McDermott has given evidence at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court that Mr Hendrick dragged him from a taxi after a verbal row had broken out inside Krystle nightclub.

In his closing speech to the jury, Sean Gillane SC, defending Mr Hendrick, asked the jury to put his client's sporting prowess out of their "mind".

Earlier, the court heard Mr Doran told gardaí his friend Mr Hendrick was sometimes called "ignorant" by members of the public if he didn't say hello.

Mr Doran denied punching or kicking Mr McDermott, but has admitted chasing him up a laneway and sitting on him.

The court also heard from witness Shannon Farrell, who came to the assistance of Mr McDermott on the night in question. Judge Nolan said to Ms Farrell, "You were very brave on the night in question."

Judge Nolan will resume his charge to the jury tomorrow morning before they are sent out to begin deliberating a verdict.

The trial continues.

Irish Independent

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