Republic of Ireland footballer back on trial for violent disorder

Jeff Hendrick faces charge over incident that allegedly led to a man suffering a broken jaw

Republic of Ireland footballer Jeff Hendrick has been returned for trial accused of taking part in a violent disorder incident in Dublin which led to a man suffering a broken jaw. File photograph:  ©INPHO/Cathal Noonan

Republic of Ireland footballer Jeff Hendrick has been returned for trial accused of taking part in a violent disorder incident in Dublin which led to a man suffering a broken jaw. File photograph: ©INPHO/Cathal Noonan

 

Republic of Ireland football player Jeff Hendrick has been returned for trial accused of taking part in a violent disorder incident in Dublin which led to a man suffering a broken jaw.

Hendrick (24), originally from Kilmore in north Dublin, is now based in England, where he plays for Derby County.

He is accused of violent disorder at Harcourt Street in Dublin city centre on October 12th, 2013.

The charge, under the Public Order Act, involves an allegation of the use of, or the threat of, violence, which could cause a person to fear for their safety.

A court in Dublin heard that soccer coach Darren McDermott feared for his life after he was confronted by a group that included Jeff Hendrick.

Mr McDermott has also alleged he was dragged from a taxi by the midfielder.

He claimed he was followed and knocked to the ground, before being kicked in the face.

He said he suffered a triple fractured jaw and bruising to his chest following the incident.

Hendrick’s co-accused Jonathan Doran (24), of Kilmore Crescent, Artane, Dublin, is also charged with violent disorder at nearby Montague Street, as well as having an additional charge for assault causing harm to Mr McDermott, in connection with the same incident.

Sent forward

Both men had pleaded not guilty and a trial commenced at Dublin District Court in March.

However, after hearing evidence from Mr McDermott, jurisdiction was refused, meaning the case must be heard at Circuit Court level, which has tougher sentencing powers.

Mr Hendrick and his co-defendant appeared again at the District Court on Wednesday, where they were served with books of evidence.

Judge John King made an order sending them forward to the Dublin Circuit Criminal Court, where they will face a jury trial.

They will face their next hearing on June 6th.