Clongowes Wood students plead guilty to 2011 affray
Rugby players from prestigious school got into fight which left youth with broken leg
Scott Flood-Wiley (21), of Adelaide Street, Dún Laoghaire, leaving Dublin Circuit Criminal Court today after pleading guilty to affray on Lower Rathmines Road on March 20th, 2011. Photograph: Collins Courts
Evan Lewis (22), of Coppinger Close, Stillorgan, leaving Dublin Circuit Criminal Court today after pleading guilty to affray on Lower Rathmines Road on March 20th, 2011. Photograph: Collins Courts
Two rugby players from a prestigious private school got involved in a fight which left a youth with a broken leg.
Scott Flood-Wiley (21) and Evan Lewis (22) were out celebrating their then school, Clongowes Wood College, having won the Leinster Schools Cup when they took part in an affray involving about 20 young men in March 2011.
Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard today gardaí were later able to identify the youths by going through the Clongowes yearbook and finding their pictures.
Mr Flood-Wiley of Adelaide Street, Dún Laoghaire and Mr Lewis, of Coppinger Close, Stillorgan but originally from Ennis in Clare, pleaded guilty to affray on Lower Rathmines Road on March 20, 2011.
Garda Mary Brophy told prosecuting counsel Roisin Lacy BL that a large number of current and former Clongowes students were in Tram Co nightclub in Rathmines celebrating the school’s recent win in the rugby competition.
Mr Hatfield was involved in a verbal row with some Clongowes students in the smoking area before his group left the club and went to a nearby chipper. They again ran into the group of students who began shouting abuse at them.
Mr Hatfield’s group walked on until he “felt a dig in his right ear”. A fight then broke out between the two groups.
Mr Bennett fell to the ground during the struggle. He was unable to stand up afterwards and heard a “popping sound” when he tried. He was taken to hospital where he was found to have a “Bosworth fracture” to his leg.
Mr Flood-Wiley and Mr Lewis’s defence counsel both said their clients had nothing to do with causing Mr Bennett’s injuries, and this was accepted by the prosecution.
Gardaí were able to identify some of those involved by consulting the Clongowes yearbook and six months later Mr Flood-Wiley and Mr Lewis were arrested.
Mr Flood-Wiley said in interview he may have punched somebody, but denied kicking or stamping on anyone.
Mr Lewis, who came to the Garda station voluntarily before his arrest, claimed he got a slap as he left the club and then pushed another male who was attacking his friend.
Mr Flood-Wiley has three previous convictions for theft, drug possession and a road traffic matter.
Mr Lewis has not come to the notice of gardaí aside from this incident.
Counsel for Mr Flood-Wiley, Michael Bowman BL, said his client graduated from school and now studies and teaches English in Spain. He said he was a “decorated and honoured” rugby player with his school.
He said he foolishly got involved in the fight “out of misplaced loyalty” .
Breffni Gordon BL, representing Mr Lewis, said he was a keen sportsman who has now completed his degree in UCD and intends to go on to complete a masters. Counsel said he intends to go into law, and this conviction will “trip him up at every stage of his life”.
Mr Gordon handed in several references attesting to Mr Lewis’s popularity and honesty, including one from the headmaster of Clongowes.
Judge Carmel Stewart said she wanted time to consider the matter and remanded both men on bail until next week.