Ex-soccer star Gary Kelly on assault charges

FORMER Ireland international soccer player Gary Kelly appeared before Drogheda District Court yesterday to face charges of trespass with intent to commit criminal damage.

He was one of four men who appeared before the court to face charges related to an incident in the town earlier this year.

All offences against the four are alleged to have taken place at Halpins Terrace, Drogheda, and all but one is said to have taken place on March 28.

Kelly, aged 36, of Braughan, Baltray, Co Louth, is accused of assaulting three men.

He is also alleged to have produced a wooden stick in the course of a dispute and alleged to have entered a house as a trespasser with intent to commit criminal damage.

The sixth charge accuses him of damaging a window in a front door and is alleged to have taken place on March 29, 2010.

Co-accused Cillian Brennan, 26, with an address in Gleann Alainn, Tullyallen, Co Louth, isalso accused of entering the house as a trespasser with intent to commit criminal damage and alleged to have produced a wooden stick in the course of a dispute.

Also charged are Jim Kelly, 52, of Marian Park, Drogheda and John Connor, 48, of Moneymore, Drogheda.

Both are alleged to have entered a house as a trespasser with intent to commit criminal damage and to have produced a wooden stick in the course of a dispute. Jim Kelly is also alleged to have assaulted a man.

Solicitor Paul Moore told Judge Flann Brennan that he was looking for the cases to be adjourned to a day next week.

Mr Moore asked for next Tuesday saying that some of the parties would be “away” and not available from Wednesday “for some time”.

He also said the matter will not take much of the court’s time next week.

All cases were adjourned to the next sitting of Drogheda District Court.

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