Tuesday 16 January 2018

Priest's son broke doorman's nose

Actor awaits sentence for drunken assault at pub

Tom Tuite

THE actor son of the late Fr Michael Cleary has been remanded on bail pending sentence for breaking a pub doorman's nose during a drink-fuelled attack.

Ross Hamilton yesterday appeared at Dublin District Court for the eighth time since he was first charged in connection with the offence.

Hamilton (34), of Whitworth Road, Drumcondra, Dublin, is a son of 'singing priest' Michael Cleary, one of Ireland's best known and most controversial clerics, who died in 1993.

The actor and model pleaded guilty to assault causing harm to doorman Martin McKevitt outside the Botanic House pub at Prospect Way in Glasnevin on October 1 last.

Other charges for breach of the peace and being intoxicated, unlawful possession of a quantity of cannabis and violent behaviour at Mountjoy garda station on the same date were withdrawn.

Garda Elaine Smith told Judge Denis McLoughlin she saw security staff from the pub "waving for assistance".

"I observed a male strike the security guard in the face," she said, adding that Hamilton was arrested after a "short pursuit".

Mr McKevitt appeared "distressed", had blood on his face and a swollen nose and had to attend hospital.

Mr McKevitt told the court he needed a further operation and that a bone in his nose was broken and "sticking out into the left nostril".

He said his nose was still painful and "occasionally running" and he suffered from sneezing.

The court heard Hamilton had eight previous motoring and public order convictions offences and one for violent behaviour in a garda station.


Defence counsel said his client could not remember the incident completely but had some "vague recollection".

He had been out with friends and was drinking whiskey "heavily on an empty stomach".

Counsel said his client wished to apologise to Mr McKevitt and had made an offer of compensation.

But that was rejected by the victim, who intended to pursue Hamilton for damages in the civil courts.

Judge McLoughlin said he regarded the assault on Mr McKevitt as "very serious" and that he would have imposed an immediate jail sentence but for the fact that there had been a seven-year gap between the incident and Hamilton's previous offences.

He adjourned sentencing until a date in July for a probation report to be furnished on Hamilton's suitability to do 240 hours' community service in lieu of an eight-month jail term.

Ross Hamilton was one of two children fathered by Dublin priest Fr Michael Cleary with his housekeeper Phyllis Hamilton with whom he had a relationship for 26 years. She died in 2001.

Irish Independent

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