Boxer John Joe's cousin is jailed for burglary at ex-garda's house
Gardai arrested a rising young sports star and cousin of Irish Olympian John Joe Nevin after chasing him on foot for two hours over 4km across the Tipperary-Offaly border.
Michael Nevin, of Greenview, Portlaoise, was jailed for six months, backdated to August 7 with the final two months suspended, for burglary at the home of a retired garda while he was out on bail for separate offences.
The 2014 European junior boxing champion also received a four-year driving ban and was fined €1,250 for dangerous driving while been pursued by a garda patrol car.
Nevin, who had 31 previous convictions, was warned by presiding judge Elizabeth McGrath that his boxing career would be finished if he con- tinued down a criminal path.
Nevin, who the court heard is a 10-time All-Ireland boxing champion, pleaded guilty at Nenagh District Court to poss- ession of a screwdriver with the intention of using it in a burglary last May 1.
The 21-year old, who won the European Junior Boxing Championship in Russia last year, also pleaded guilty to two counts of dangerous driving last May 1 last and to fraudulently using false registration plates on a car on the same date.
He further admitted entering the home of retired garda Martin Darcy, at St Conlon's Road, Nenagh, as a trespasser with the intention of committing theft last July 25.
Gda Paudie O'Leary and Gda Anthony Kirby chased Nevin after they spotted him along with two other men acting suspiciously in a car last May.
The chase began near Ros-crea, Co Tipperary, at 4.15pm and ended two hours and 41 minutes later in Co Offaly. After gardai lost track of Nevin, they received information from local sources that resulted in them arresting him.
Judge McGrath warned Nevin: "Your solicitor has outlined you are a good boxer with a career in front of you, and you're going to lose all that if you engage in such conduct in the future."
Nevin was given concurrent six and three-month suspended jail sentences for dangerous driving and using false plates.
Twelve other charges, including dangerous driving and driving without a licence, tax and insurance, were not taken into consideration by the court.
Leave to appeal was granted.