Trial of Irish soccer international for violent disorder delayed

Jeff Hendrick in action for Ireland
Jeff Hendrick in action for Ireland

The trial of Republic of Ireland football star Jeff Hendrick over an alleged row on a Dublin street has been delayed by a medical report sought by his co-defendant.

Hendrick, 23, who is originally from Coolock in Dublin, but now based in England where he plays midfield for Derby County, is accused of violent disorder at Harcourt Street in the city-centre on October 12th, 2013.

His co-accused is charged with violent disorder at nearby Montague St and assault causing harm to a named man.

Hendrick had been charged in September and his case was adjourned until today but he had been excused from having to attend his latest hearing at Dublin District Court because he has a match tomorrow.

His co-defendant, 24-year-old Jonathan Doran, of Kilmore Crescent, Artane, Dublin, was present.

Judge Patrick Clyne granted a six-week adjournment to both men to allow time for a dental report to be furnished for Mr Doran's solicitor.

Hendrick, who recently scooped the FAI 2015 Young International Player of the Year Award, was excused from having to attend court on the next date

A plea has yet to be entered.

At an earlier hearing, Garda Damian Beakey said midfielder Hendrick “ had no reply to the charge after caution and was given a true copy of the charge.”

The court has heard that in Hendrick's case, the DPP had decided the case should be dealt by way of “summary disposal”, meaning the case should be dealt with at district court level and not sent forward to the circuit court which can impose lengthier sentences.

His 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.