January 31st, 2015

Olympic hero John Joe Nevin is in hospital following vicious attack

NewsBy Alan Sherry
John Joe Nevin
John Joe Nevin

OLYMPIC medal-winning boxer John Joe Nevin was hospitalised with a broken leg after he was involved in a row with relatives in Co. Westmeath on Saturday.

The incident, which is believed to he linked to an internal row within his extended family, happened just after 11am in the Ardleigh Crescent estate in Mullingar.

He and his brother Paddy were outside a relative’s house when a row broke out.

A golf club and screwdriver are understood to have been used in the course of the incident and the boxer was hit on the legs with the golf club.

It’s understood that Shirley Nevin, who is married to John Joe’s cousin, also called John Joe Nevin, was stabbed with a screwdriver while the boxer sustained a number of serious injuries, including a suspected broken leg. A number of people were involved in the row.

The Olympian was rushed to the Midlands Regional Hospital in Mullingar before being transferred to Tullamore Hospital, which has a specialised orthopaedic unit. A second male was also admitted with non-life-threatening injuries.

It’s understood that Shirley was also treated in hospital for her injuries, but was discharged.

A male in his twenties who was arrested and held in Mullingar Garda station was later released without charge.

Last night his US based manager, Tom Moran, released a statement about the incident that revealed the extent of the set back the boxer has suffered.

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