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Former Irish Olympic Boxer Sentenced To Imprisonment

Former disgraced 2016 Rio de Janeiro Irish Olympic boxer Mr Michael O’Reilly (Jnr.), with an address at No. 20 New Line Close, Mountrath, Co. Laois, was handed down a sentence of 5 months imprisonment with recognizances of €500 set in the event of an appeal in Thurles District court today.

It was noted that Mr O’Reilly (Jnr.) had 37 previous convictions, relating to road traffic offences and theft.  He had been earlier charged with criminal damage, public intoxication and with being threatening and abusive in public, following an incident in Ballybeg, Littleton, Thurles, on April 18th last year.

Thurles Courthouse.

The boxer, who tested positive for a banned substance back at the 2016 Olympics, was later charged, together with three others accused; namely Mr Michael O’Reilly (Snr.) with an address at Clonkeen, Portlaoise, Co. Laois; Mr Bernard O’Reilly, Main Road, Clonkeen, Portlaoise, Co. Laois, and Mr James O’Reilly, (then a 17-year-old juvenile) and residing at Clonkeen, Portlaoise, Co. Laois; with causing criminal damage, which involving the throwing of rocks at two cars (Models: Nissan Micra and Citroen Hatchback) and a caravan (Model: Bailey Regency 2001), following an engagement party.

Sentencing today, Judge Elizabeth MacGrath noted that of the €2,500 of damage brought about by the said incidents, only €250 had been offered to the Court, by way of compensation to the victims.

Judge MacGrath bound Mr James O’Reilly (Now aged 18 years old, with no previous convictions), over to keep the peace for 12 months, on his own bond of €250; while imposing a 3-month prison sentence on Mr O’Reilly (Snr.) with a fixed recognizances of €500 in the event that he, the latter, should appeal the current sentence. The forth other member accused, Mr Bernard O’Reilly, was not present in Thurles Court for the hearing.


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