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Axed Olympic boxer is jailbird with string of convictions

Crime DeskBy Morgan Flanagan Creagh
Michael O’Reilly
Michael O’Reilly

Disgraced Irish Olympic boxer Michael O’Reilly has a string of convictions and even served time in jail, according to reports in today’s Star.

O’Reilly was booted out of the Rio Olympics after he admitted taking a banned substance.

The boxer has been given jail terms on three separate occasions, has been banned from driving, hit with court fines of over €2,000 and received 150 hours of community service.

One jail term of three months was suspended but the other two, of four and three months, were imposed in 2013.

Driving convictions accounted for the vast majority of his convictions.

The shamed athlete has also been prosecuted for public order and even theft offences.

O’Reilly, from Mountrath, Co Laois is also facing a fresh public order charge and is due before Thurles District Court in Tipperary next month.

He is charged with failing to comply with a lawful direction from a garda and if convicted he faces a fine of €634, six months in prison or both.

O’Reilly also now faces a ban of up to five years after Irish and Olympic bosses reacted furiously to his admission.

Irish bosses may impose a 12 month ban on top of the maximum four-year ban that can be imposed by Sports Ireland.