Tuesday 12 December 2017

Boxer charged over street row is refused bail

Boxer Jamie Kavanagh was refused bail at Dublin District Court
Boxer Jamie Kavanagh was refused bail at Dublin District Court

A professional boxer has been accused of getting involved in a street brawl in Dublin city centre following his father's funeral.

Jamie Kavanagh (25) was allegedly among a group of people who were refused entry to a nightclub when the row happened.

Judge Michael Walsh refused bail and remanded him in ­custody until tomorrow.

Jamie Kavanagh, a father-of-one with an address at Mourne Road, Drimnagh, is charged with violent disorder at Harcourt Street on September 23, 2014.

Garda Niall Murray told Dublin District Court the accused was living in Britain and had returned to Ireland for an event in the National Stadium on Saturday.


He arrested Mr Kavanagh at Dublin Airport on Monday and brought him to Pearse Street Garda Station, where he made no reply to the charge.

Objecting to bail, Garda Murray said he believed that Mr Kavanagh is a flight risk.

He said the evidence in the case was "very strong" and the accused was "clearly identifiable" in CCTV footage.

He alleged a number of people went to Harcourt Street following Mr Kavanagh's father's funeral. They were refused entry to a nightclub before going to the Jackson Court Hotel, where they were also refused.

There was a "very large fight" with six to seven people that Mr Kavanagh allegedly got involved in. He told the court, Mr Kavanagh lived in the UK and had fought in 22 professional fights around the world.

He was not arrested on the night of the incident.

Garda Murray said he had spoken to co-accused men and asked them to ask Mr Kavanagh to contact the gardai.

In March this year, Mr Kavanagh was back in Ireland for his uncle's funeral and Garda Murray called to the accused's grandmother's house.

Garda Murray said he tried to be "as tactful as possible" because Mr Kavanagh's grandmother was in mourning.

He left his calling card and a message for the accused to contact him. "We never received any contact back from Mr Kavanagh," Garda Murray said.

Applying for bail, defence solicitor Lorraine Stephens said Mr Kavanagh enjoys a presumption of innocence. She said he never had any direct contact from the gardai and never received the message left with his grandmother. He wished to "vindicate his good name".

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