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Sunday 17 December 2017

Footballer Hendrick is granted court's audio record before his trial

Ireland and Derby County footballer Jeff Hendrick (Collins)
Ireland and Derby County footballer Jeff Hendrick (Collins)

Republic of Ireland footballer Jeff Hendrick has sought a copy of a court audio recording ahead of his trial for violent disorder.

His lawyers will be given the recording of evidence heard in the district court before the case there was halted.

Judge John Cheatle granted the order.

Mr Hendrick (24) and a co-accused are due back before Dublin District Court next month for the service of books of evidence.

They will be sent for trial to Dublin Circuit Criminal Court when the books are ready.

Mr Hendrick - who is originally from Kilmore, north Dublin, but is now based in England where he plays for Derby County - pleaded not guilty to violent disorder at Harcourt Street on October 12, 2013.

Jonathan Doran (24), of Kilmore Crescent, Artane, also denies violent disorder and as an additional charge of assault causing harm to Darren McDermott.

No assault charge has been brought against Mr Hendrick.

The case was due to be dealt with at district court level, but Judge Cheatle stopped the hearing earlier this month after Mr McDermott gave evidence.

He ruled that the case was too serious to be heard in the district court.

Mr Hendrick's lawyer later returned to seek a copy of the Digital Audio Recording of Mr McDermott's evidence.

Nightclub

The court heard there was no prosecution objection to the application.

The court previously heard the accused were among groups of people in Krystle nightclub.

It was alleged there was an altercation after which Mr Hendrick pulled Mr McDermott out of a taxi.

The prosecution maintains Mr McDermott was then set upon by a group of attackers.

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