Olympic hero Nevin 'barred' from pubs pending trial
OLYMPIC silver medallist John Joe Nevin has been "barred" from entering any pub in Co Westmeath as part of his bail conditions pending a court case following a brawl outside a bar earlier this week.
However, Judge Seamus Hughes said a number of other conditions would be temporarily lifted to allow Nevin to go abroad to train or facilitate him in Ireland if the gardai were in agreement.
Nevin (25), of St Anthony's Cottages, Mullingar, was one of five members of his extended family to appear before Mullingar District Court yesterday.
He is charged with being drunk in a public place and with threatening and abusive behaviour.
Judge Seamus Hughes was told that further charges may arise from the incident which involved up to 25 people fighting outside The Stillery pub on Dominick Street in Mullingar earlier this week.
In a separate case yesterday, Judge Hughes closed the The Stillery pub saying he was aware that it was known locally as "The Slaughter House", for five days until 6pm next Wednesday because of a series of violent incidents.
Judge Hughes told publican Derek Martin, who agreed by consent to the closure order, that there would be further closures if he did not get his house in order.
David Nevin (24), The Moorings, Ballymahon Road, Mullingar; Joseph Nevin (19), Grange Meadows, Mullingar; Paddy Nevin (20) St Anthony's Cottages, Mullingar; and Christopher Nevin (22), Grange Park, Mullingar, also appeared before the court.
The court was told by Sgt Damien Connaughton that between 20-25 people were involved in the fight outside The Stillery pub on Dominick Street in the town centre around 11.30pm on Monday. Up to nine gardai were involved in trying to break up the brawl.
Judge Hughes yesterday morning remanded the other four Nevin family members on €100 bail to appear again on May 21. He dealt with John Joe Nevin, who had been away training, when the court resumed in the afternoon. Judge Hughes also remanded him on €100 bail and subjected him to the same additional bail conditions which had been applied to the other four accused.
The conditions include not entering any licensed premises in Co Westmeath until the case is heard, remaining alcohol and drug-free and observing a curfew from 11pm to 8am.