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Singing priest's son broke bouncer's nose, court told

ACTOR and model Ross Hamilton broke a bouncer's nose after he was thrown out of a bar, a court heard yesterday.

Mr Hamilton (right), who appeared at Dublin District Court yesterday for the fifth time since he was charged, is the son of Fr Michael Cleary, one of Ireland's best-known priests -- who died in 1993.

He is accused of assault causing harm, breach of the peace and being intoxicated in public at Prospect Way, Glasnevin, Dublin, on October 1 last.

Mr Hamilton (34), of Whitworth Road, Phibsboro, Dublin, also faces charges of unlawful possession of cannabis and violent behaviour at Mountjoy garda station, on the same date.

State solicitor Aisling Kelly told the court that it was alleged Mr Hamilton was "uncooperative and abusive" as a doorman tried to "remove [him] from the premises".

"While gardai were on the way up, he swung out and punched the doorman in the face," she added.

The court heard the bouncer suffered a broken nose, which had to be reset.

After hearing an outline of the allegations and being furnished with a medical report on the complainant, Judge Denis McLoughlin accepted jurisdiction for the case to be dealt with in the District Court.

The court heard the prosecution furnished CCTV evidence on a DVD format that Mr Hamilton's solicitor was unable to view. She asked for time to watch the footage.

Judge McLoughlin remanded Mr Hamilton, who remained silent during the case, on continuing bail to appear again on February 11, when he is to enter pleas to the charges.

After the death of Fr Cleary, popularly known as the 'Singing Priest', it was revealed that he had fathered two children with his housekeeper Phyllis Hamilton, with whom he had a relationship for 26 years.

Their first child was given up for adoption, while their second son, Ross, lived in Dublin at the parochial house in Harold's Cross, with Fr Cleary and Phyllis, who died in 2001.

Irish Independent