Irish soccer ace charged with violent disorder outside club
An Irish international football star has appeared in court charged with violent disorder outside a nightclub in Dublin city centre.
Jeff Hendrick (23) was remanded on bail at Dublin District Court a day after starring in Ireland's win over Georgia.
The Derby County midfielder is charged with violent disorder at Harcourt Street on October 12 last year.
Garda Damien Beakey told Judge Anthony Halpin Mr Hendrick was charged at Pearse Street Garda Station at 3.46pm yesterday.
He made no reply to the charge after caution and was handed a copy of the charge sheet.
Garda Beakey told Judge Halpin there were no injuries alleged. He said the DPP was directing summary disposal of the case.
This means it can be dealt with at District Court level instead of being sent for trial to Dublin Circuit Criminal Court, which has greater potential sentencing powers.
Judge Halpin accepted jurisdiction to deal with the case at District Court level.
Garda Beakey said there was a co-accused who was due to appear in court on a date in October.
Judge Halpin adjourned Mr Hendrick's case to the same date.
He remanded him on bail in his own bond of €200, with no cash lodgement required.
The defence solicitor said Mr Hendrick was a professional footballer who played in the UK.
He said Mr Hendrick was due to play a match the day after the next court appearance and asked Judge Halpin to excuse him from attending.
Judge Halpin excused Mr Hendrick from attending on the next date.
He also made an order for disclosure of prosecution documents to the defence.
Mr Hendrick, who wore a blue shirt, red tie, navy trousers and brown shoes did not address the court during the brief hearing.
Hendrick was one of a number of men arrested by gardai investigating the alleged incident.
He is originally from Kilmore in north Dublin and has represented the Irish senior team on nine occasions.