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Olympic Boxer Charged With New Criminal Offences

Mountrath, Co.Laois Olympic boxer Mr Michael O’Reilly, aged 23, who left the Olympic Games in Rio after news emerged of a failed drugs test, has been charged with three new criminal damage offences as a result of an alleged incident in Ballybeg, Littleton, Co. Tipperary, on April 18th of last year.

Mr Michael O’Reilly was due to compete with the Olympic middleweight boxing division in Rio during August of last year. The boxer had already been before Thurles District Court charged with being intoxicated in a public place and engaging in abusive, insulting or threatening behaviour.

Garda Sergeant Declan O’Carroll informed Judge Elizabeth MacGrath at Thurles district court this week that Mr O’Reilly had made no reply to any of the charges laid against him.  The court heard that a charge relating to an alleged breach of the Public Order Act in failing to comply with the directions of a member of an Garda Síochána, was being withdrawn by the State.

Sergeant O’Carroll asked for an adjournment of the case until March 7th next, when two other co-accused would also be brought before the court in the coming weeks; while requesting the only new bail condition the Gardaí required in relation to Mr O’Reilly was that he stayed away from the Littleton area. Acting solicitor for Mr O’Reilly, Mr J.J. Fitzgerald, stated that there would be no objection to this new condition, since Mr O’Reilly had no known business in the area.

Judge Elizabeth MacGrath then agreed to remand the accused on continuing bail until March 7th next, on his own surety of €500, with the additional condition requested by an Garda Síochána also granted, that he stayed away from Littleton in Co. Tipperary.

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