Tuesday 21 May 2019

Conor McGregor trial over alleged robbery of fan's phone due to begin in Florida

Miami Beach Police mugshot of Conor McGregor after his arrest
Miami Beach Police mugshot of Conor McGregor after his arrest
Robin Schiller

Robin Schiller

THE trial of MMA fighter Conor McGregor over the alleged robbery of a fan’s mobile phone is due to begin in Florida this morning.

The 30-year-old is facing two counts of robbery by sudden snatching and criminal mischief relating to damage of property, valued between $200 and $1,000.

The robbery is a third degree felony offence and carries a maximum penalty of five years imprisonment, while the maximum jail time for criminal mischief, a misdemeanour, on conviction is one year.

On April 10 last, McGregor pleaded not-guilty to both counts and a trial date was set for May 13 at Miami Dade criminal court at 9am local time.

While a defendant in a criminal trial is required to attend, lawyers for Conor McGregor have indicated that the case may not proceed this morning.

His legal representative Samuel K, Rabin, of Rabin & Lopez, P. A, previously stated that they hoped to conclude the matter on May 13.

McGregor is currently on bail on a bond of $5,000.

A number of witnesses have been subpoenaed to attend the scheduled beginning of this morning’s trial.

He was arrested at Miami Beach, Florida on March 11 after allegedly taking a fan’s phone and damaging it.

Police said the alleged victim was trying to take a picture of McGregor outside a hotel, when the MMA fighter slapped the man’s phone out of his hand and stomped on it several times.

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.

Fighters Michael Chiesa and Ray Borg were injured by shattered glass and unable to compete.

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.

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