John Joe Nevin suffers broken leg in Mullingar incident

Gardaí make arrest after incident in Olympic silver medalist’s home town

Olympic boxing silver medallist John Joe Nevin, seen here during his homecoming in Mullingar, Co Westmeath after the Olympics, was injured in an incident in the town overnight. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Olympic boxing silver medallist John Joe Nevin, seen here during his homecoming in Mullingar, Co Westmeath after the Olympics, was injured in an incident in the town overnight. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Sat, Apr 5, 2014, 19:17

A man is in custody following an incident in Mullingar last night in which Olympic boxer John Joe Nevin sustained a broken leg.

Gardaí were called to the Ardleigh area of the town shortly after 11.30am, following reports of an incident in which the 24-year-old suffered leg injuries.

The Olympic silver medalist was removed to the Midland Regional Hospital in Mullingar for treatment after the incident, details of which are unclear.

Gardaí said a dispute involving a number of individuals outside a house at Ardleigh Crescent had been reported. Two men in their 20s and a woman in her twenties were admitted to hospital.

A man in his 20s was later arrested and is currently detained under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, 1984, at Mullingar Garda station.

Just last month the boxer made his debut as a professional in Boston when he beat Puerto Rico’s Alberto Candelaria over six rounds on St Patrick’s Day.