Top boxer charged with violent disorder over Harcourt Street brawl

Bail: Jamie Kavanagh
Bail: Jamie Kavanagh

PROFESSIONAL boxer Jamie Kavanagh has been granted bail and sent forward for trial charged over street brawl following his father's funeral in Dublin last year.

The 25-year-old lightweight, who is originally from Mourne Road, in Drimnagh, in Dublin but now living in London with his partner and their six-month old baby, faces a single count of violent disorder, which can carry a 10-year sentence.

The charge is in connection with an incident outside the Jackson Court Hotel at Harcourt Street in Dublin city-centre on September 23 last year during which trouble broke out when door staff refused entry to his group.

Mr Kavanagh, who has a professional boxing record of 20 wins, one draw and one loss, had come back to Dublin to score a seventh round win in his latest bout at the National Boxing Stadium on Saturday (November 7th). However, the fighter, nicknamed “The Nuisance”, was arrested at Dublin Airport on Monday evening as he and his partner were about to get a flight back to London.

He was taken to Pearse St Garda station where he was charged with the offence which involves an allegation that and others used or threatened to use violence to cause others to fear for their safety.

He had been remanded in custody following a hearing at Dublin District Court on Tuesday. However, today he was granted bail when he appeared at Cloverhill District Court where he was served with a book of evidence.

Judge William Hamill made an order sending him forward for trial at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court where he will face his next hearing on December 4th.

On Tuesday Garda Niall Murray told the district court that Mr Kavanagh made no reply when he was charged. It was alleged that following Mr Kavanagh's father's funeral, a number of people went to Harcourt Street but were refused entry at one premises.

They then went to the Jackson Court hotel but were again refused entry after which “there was a very large fight, Mr Kavanagh was involved in this”.

Gda Murray alleged some of the door staff “were hit a number of times, Mr Kavanagh was in the middle of this”. There were six or seven in the group and five of them have been identified, he said.

He had objected to bail and said Mr Kavanagh lives in London, outside the jurisdiction.

Defence solicitor Lorraine Stephens said her client wanted to “vindicate his good name” and the court heard evidence that he would able to reside at a relative's home in Dublin.

Judge Hamill today granted bail to the boxer in his own bond of €500 with an independent surety of €1,500 subject to him obeying a number conditions.