‘Do you know who I am?’ boxer Nevin asked garda

Boxer John Joe Nevin challenged a garda in a melee outside a pub by asking: “Do you know who I am?”

When the Olympic silver medallist was advised by the garda to leave the area of an early-morning melee outside the pub, where he drank “10 to 12 pints”, he had replied: “You don’t fucking tell me what I do.”

Nevin, aged 25, of St Anthony’s Cottages, Mullingar, admitted a public order offence arising from involvement in “a general melee” outside the Porter House on Dominick St at 1am on December 27.

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Inspector Jarlath Folan told Judge Seamus Hughes that up to 20 gardaí had to be deployed to the situation.

Nevin was very agitated and had attempted to strike another individual in the face, Inspector Folan said.

The exchange with the garda had occurred when he was directed to leave the area. He did so, but returned within five minutes as other fights were taking place.

Judge Hughes warned Nevin that while he was not going to “criminalise” him on this occasion, he would not hold back in sending him to prison in future if the need arose. He ordered him to pay €500 to the court poor box.

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