Tuesday 21 November 2017

'It was like a dog chasing a car' - Footballer Jeff Hendrick's co-accused describes alleged violent disorder in court

Ireland star Jeff Hendrick. Photo: Collins Courts
Ireland star Jeff Hendrick. Photo: Collins Courts
Darren McDermott claims he was dragged from taxi
Jeff Hendrick and Jonathan Doran, pictured, are charged with violent disorder outside a Dublin nightclub

Jessica Magee

A woman who came to the aid of an assault victim after professional footballer Jeff Hendrick allegedly dragged him from a taxi has been hailed as “very brave” by a judge.

Shannon Farrell and her friend saw a group of people beating up Darren McDermott on Harcourt Street in Dublin in the early hours of October 12, 2013.

Ms Farrell told a Dublin Circuit Criminal Court jury that she saw a man on the ground with a lot of blood on his shirt. “He looked like he'd been badly beaten up,” she said. The two women helped the man up and then spoke to gardaí when they arrived. Neither of the women knew any of the people involved.

Judge Martin Nolan said to Ms Farrell, “You were very brave on the night in question.”

Mr Hendrick (25) originally from Kilmore Drive, Artane, Dublin but now living in the UK and a co-accused, Jonathan Doran (26), of Kilmore Close, also in Artane, have both pleaded not guilty to violent disorder. Mr Doran has also denied a charge of assaulting Mr McDermott causing him harm.

Mr McDermott has given evidence that Mr Hendrick dragged him from a taxi outside a nightclub shortly after a verbal row inside the club. He said he ended up on the ground and received kicks to his head, face, chest and back.

Darren McDermott claims he was dragged from taxi
Darren McDermott claims he was dragged from taxi

After his arrest, Mr Doran told gardaí that he told Mr McDermott to “f***ing sort it out”.

Sergnant Damian Beakey told the court that Mr Doran said in interview, “The reason I said 'Sort it out' is because a lot of the time, people come up to Jeff, and if he doesn't say hello, people call him an ignorant prick just because he's a footballer.”

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

Mr Doran told gardaí, “I didn't actually expect to catch him, but he fell. I was playing the hard man. It's like a dog chasing a car – he wouldn't know what do when he caught up with it.”

Jeff Hendrick and Jonathan Doran, pictured, are charged with violent disorder outside a Dublin nightclub
Jeff Hendrick and Jonathan Doran, pictured, are charged with violent disorder outside a Dublin nightclub

“I just wanted to chase him to make it look like I cared,” Mr Doran added.

The trial continues before Judge Nolan and a jury of seven men and five women.

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