Tuesday 17 September 2019

McGregor pleads not guilty to charge of strong-arm robbery over fan phone incident

Charged: Conor McGregor has been accused of ‘criminal mischief’. Photo: PA
Charged: Conor McGregor has been accused of ‘criminal mischief’. Photo: PA
Ian Begley

Ian Begley

Conor McGregor has pleaded not guilty in the US to charges of "strong-arm robbery and criminal mischief".

It follows the Dubliner's arrest in Miami Beach, Florida, last month after he allegedly slapped a phone out of a fan's hand as he tried to take a picture of him and stomped on it.

He was not present in Miami-Dade County Court for yesterday's arraignment hearing, but his lawyers entered not guilty pleas on his behalf.

His case is due to come before the court again on April 30, and a trial date has been set for May 13.

Sentences for the charges depend on a defendant's criminal history, especially any history of violence, the value of what was allegedly stolen and whether the alleged victim was injured.

McGregor avoided a criminal record last July after he pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct at a UFC event in New York. Several people were hurt when he hurled a trolley at a bus, smashing a window, as it left the Barclays Centre in Brooklyn in April 2018.

McGregor avoided going to jail after striking a deal with prosecutors which saw him do community service.

He also had to take anger management courses and pledged to keep the peace for a year.

His lawyer has insisted that he would not be going to prison over the latest incident.

A statement issued by his lawyer last month said McGregor was "involved in a minor altercation over a cell phone that resulted in a call to law enforcement".

"Mr McGregor appreciates the response of law enforcement and pledges his full co-operation," it added.

Irish Independent

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