Wednesday 21 March 2018

Son of 'famous Irish football star' pleads guilty to criminal sex act in New York

Luke Hanahoe, listed on court documents as Lucas Hanahoe
Luke Hanahoe, listed on court documents as Lucas Hanahoe Newsdesk Newsdesk

The son of a ‘famous Irish football star’ has been sentenced to 18 months in jail for committing a criminal sex act in New York.

Luke Hanahoe was described to the court as the son of ‘famous Irish football star’ Tony Hanahoe and part of a ‘well-known, well-established family in Dublin’.

Mr Hanahoe (28), who was working as a barman in Brooklyn, has been held in Riker’s Island prison since last July when he was arrested and charged with raping a woman in the suburb of Brooklyn.

The US court was told last September Mr Hanahoe was ‘blackout’ drunk and cannot remember the incident. It was also mentioned he suffered six concussions during his amateur rugby career in Ireland.

Mr Hanahoe, who was listed as 'Lucas' on court documents, had faced up to 25 years in jail but pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of a criminal sex act.

His lawyer Mr Louis R Rosenthal told the hearing for bail last September that Mr Hanahoe was ‘basically penniless’ and would need his father Tony’s help to leave the country, of which Mr Tony Hanahoe would not be willing to give.

“His father would never do that,” Mr Rosenthal told the court.

“His father would be embarrassed, by harbouring a fugitive.

“His father would be embarrassed to have his son return to Ireland as a fugitive.”

The court also heard that Mr Tony Hanahoe ‘was not happy’ with his son’s lifestyle in the United States.  Mr Rosenthal said Mr Tony Hanahoe was a ‘famous Irish football star’ and the Hanahoe family was ‘well known, well established’ in Dublin, the Irish Daily Mail reports today.

Tony Hanahoe was a veteran of the great Dublin-Kerry rivalry of the seventies and eighties. He won three All-Ireland medals with Dublin, as well as an All-Ireland club final with St Vincent's.

“His father is a well-known solicitor,” Mr Rosenthal continued, “and also, not that it means anything, back in the seventies he was a famous Irish football star. He is well known there.”

Mr Hanahoe grew up in Ballsbridge, and attended St Michael’s College on Ailesbury Road. He played rugby with the St Michael’s Leinster School’s Senior Cup team.

Riker’s Island prison holds up to 15,000 inmates in ten separate jails. The prison holds the majority of New York’s inmates. 

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