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Monday 26 September 2016

Ireland star's court date in attack case a week before Euros

Footballer Jeff Hendrick. Photo: Court Collins
Footballer Jeff Hendrick. Photo: Court Collins

Republic of Ireland football star Jeff Hendrick has been returned for trial accused of taking part in a violent disorder incident in Dublin which led to a man suffering a broken jaw.

A court in Dublin has heard soccer coach Darren McDermott feared for his life after he was confronted by a group including Jeff Hendrick.

Mr McDermott has also alleged he was dragged from a taxi by the Derby County midfielder.

Hendrick (24), originally from Kilmore in north Dublin, is now based in England.

He is accused of violent disorder at Harcourt Street in Dublin city centre on October 12, 2013. The charge, under the Public Order Act, involves an allegation of the use of, or the threat of, violence which could cause a person to fear for their safety.

His co-accused, Jonathan Doran (24), of Kilmore Crescent, Artane, Dublin, is also charged with violent disorder at nearby Montague Street, but also has an additional charge for assault causing harm to Mr McDermott.

Both men had pleaded not guilty and a trial commenced at Dublin District Court in March.

However, after hearing evidence from Darren McDermott, jurisdiction was refused - meaning the case must be heard at Circuit Court level, which has tougher sentencing powers.

Both men appeared at the district court yesterday, where they were served with books of evidence.

Judge King made an order sending them forward to Dublin Circuit Criminal Court where they will face a jury trial.

They will face their next hearing on June 6 - a week before the Republic of Ireland play their first match, against Sweden, in the European Championships. New trial dates will be set.

Aggressive

At a hearing last month, Mr McDermott, a soccer coach, said he had gone out with a few friends to Krystle nightclub on Harcourt Street, where they met Mr Hendrick's group.

He said they were chatting and laughing and had photos taken on their phones.

He claimed Mr Hendrick "just turned, his whole demeanour changed, he wasn't happy with me being in their company".

He said he left but said he was pulled from a taxi and kicked in the face.

He said he suffered a triple fractured jaw and bruising to his chest, body, arms, legs and face.

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