A JURY was sworn in this afternoon (Monday) to hear a trial of three men, including five-time All-Ireland winning Limerick hurler Kyle Hayes, who are charged with violent disorder and assault causing harm to a man at a nightclub in Limerick City.
Kyle Hayes (25), with an address at Ballyashea, Kildimo, is charged with two counts of violent disorder, one which allegedly occurred inside the Icon nightclub on Upper Denmark Street in Limerick City, as well as one outside the nightclub, on October 28 2019.
Mr Hayes, a Young Hurler of the Year in 2018 who recently won his fourth All Star award, is also accused of assault causing harm to Cillian McCarthy (24), of Toureen, Ballysimon, County Limerick (originally from Hilltop, St Patrick’s Road), in the vicinity of the Icon nightclub on the same date.
Craig Cosgrave (24), with an address at Caherally, Grange, County Limerick, is charged with violent disorder inside the Icon nightclub on the same date.
Jai Chaudri (22), with an address at Carheeny, Kildimo, County Limerick, is charged with violent disorder outside the Icon nightclub and assault causing harm to Cillian McCarthy, also on October 28 2019.
The three accused were arraigned this afternoon before Judge Tom O’Donnell at Limerick Circuit Criminal Court.
All three accused spoke only to confirm they were pleading “not guilty” to all of the charges against them.
Prosecuting counsel John O’Sullivan BL, on behalf of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), told the jury that the alleged events occurred “in the early hours” of October 28 2019.
Mr O’Sullivan said the alleged victim, Cillian McCarthy, was a former student of St Clements College, Limerick, and was a qualified carpenter.
Mr O’Sullivan said the trial would hear medical evidence from doctors who treated Mr McCarthy for facial injuries following the alleged assault.
A jury of seven men and five women were sworn in to hear the case.
Mr O’Sullivan said the trial would likely last at least one week and it may possibly continue into next week.
Judge O’Donnell told the jury that the case would likely attract media attention and he directed they not discuss the case with any anyone.
Judge O’Donnell remanded the three accused on continuing bail to appear for trial at Limerick Circuit Criminal Court tomorrow (Tuesday) morning.