Breach of peace charge over banana
A man has appeared in court in Limerick charged in connection with an incident at Thomond Park stadium in which a banana was thrown at French defender Gael Clichy during a soccer friendly.
There was international public outrage after the Manchester City player tweeted about the incident following the glamour tie between the Premier League champions and Limerick City in Thomond Park last August.
Today at Limerick District Court, Kelvin Reynolds (20), of Pinewood Avenue, Caherdavin, Limerick, appeared on two charges arising from the alleged incident.
He is charged with engaging in threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour with intent to provoke a breach of the peace contrary to Section 6 of the Criminal Justice Act 1994 at Thomond Park Stadium in Limerick on August 5th last.
He is also charged with assaulting Sgt Caimin Treacy contrary to Section 2 of the Non-Fatal Offences Against the Person Act, on the same date.
Solicitor Sarah Ryan was assigned to represent Mr Reynolds, who was granted free legal aid. Ms Ryan told the court she was seeking a disclosure order and Judge Eugene O’Kelly adjourned the case until April 10th next.
The court heard the accused replied “I’m sorry” to both charges when he was arrested and formally charged. He was remanded on continuing bail until his next court appearance when a plea is expected to be entered or a date fixed for hearing.