Tuesday 12 December 2017

No charge over sudden death of MMA fighter

An inquest into the Portuguese fighter’s death heard that no criminal charges will be brought in relation to the incident (Stock photo)
An inquest into the Portuguese fighter’s death heard that no criminal charges will be brought in relation to the incident (Stock photo)

Louise Roseingrave

The DPP has directed no prosecution in relation to the death of a mixed martial arts fighter who died after a fight in Dublin.

Joao Carvalho (28) died due to blunt force trauma to the head, after he was knocked out during a Total Extreme Fighting (TEF) contest at the National Boxing Stadium last April.

A post mortem revealed that Mr Carvalho suffered an acute subdural haemorrhage following the fight and died at Beaumont Hospital two days later on April 11, 2016.

An inquest into the Portuguese fighter's death heard that no criminal charges will be brought in relation to the incident.

"We submitted a file to the DPP for consideration and the DPP directed no prosecution in this case," Detective Inspector Paul Cleary of Kevin Street garda station told the court.

Det Insp Cleary applied to the court for a hearing date for the full inquest. A number of witnesses including members of Mr Carvalho's family based in the UK and in Portugal are expected to travel to Dublin.

"I know his brother who is based in the UK will want to be here," Det Insp Cleary said.

The MMA fighter's sudden death became the subject of two investigations, one by An Garda Síochána and a separate investigation by the Health and Safety Authority. Details of the HSA report are likely to be heard at the full inquest.

Irish Independent

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