Colm O’Donoghue cleared after courtroom hears accuser tried to ‘damage his profession’ | Horse Racing Information

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Patrick McCann

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Colm O'Donoghue: was acquitted of two counts of assault against his ex-girlfriend in 2018

Colm O’Donoghue: was acquitted of two counts of assault towards his ex-girlfriend in 2018

Patrick McCann

By Richard Forristal

A number of Group 1-winning Flat jockey Colm O’Donoghue was on Monday acquitted of two counts of bodily assault on his ex-girlfriend Jill Macken in 2018 after Carrick-on-Suir district courtroom heard Ms Macken had got down to damage his profession.

The incidents have been alleged to have taken place at his residence in Fethard, County Tipperary, on October 6, 2018 and on the Pillo Lodge in Ashbourne, County Meath, on November 12, 2018. O’Donoghue denied each allegations from the outset.

The courtroom, which was presided over by Decide Terence Finn, heard that on the date of the primary allegation O’Donoghue was using in Newmarket and he offered particulars of his return flight into Cork that night time, which confirmed he had not been within the nation on the time the assault was mentioned to have occurred.

The courtroom had concern over a variety of features of Ms Macken’s proof from the alleged incident within the Pillo lodge, notably that she had returned to the room the place the alleged assault had taken place and had invited O’Donoghue again there, that she had taken his telephone when leaving the room and that she had gone to his home in Fethard the next day to take him a birthday current.

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Alpha Centauri and Colm O'Donoghue win the Prix Jacques le Marois at Deauville in 2018

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Steve Davies

It was established that Ms Macken first made the complaints to the Gardai in February 2019, a variety of days after the connection between her and O’Donoghue had come to an finish whereas they have been in Dubai.

The courtroom was proven a WhatsApp message Ms Macken despatched to O’Donoghue following their break-up, which said: “Now to damage ur life.”

The 40-year-old Traditional-winning rider was discovered harmless of the costs by Decide Finn. He was represented by Oisin Clarke BL, instructed by solicitor Tracy Horan, who subsequently confirmed that he would now be contemplating his authorized choices. 

“Colm has been emphatically discovered harmless of inflicting any hurt to Ms Macken,” Horan mentioned. “The courtroom additionally heard that Ms Macken price Colm his total profession, as he couldn’t get employment due to the issues she was saying.

“I am delighted for him. He did not deserve this. Colm is contemplating his authorized choices with regard to a civil case.”


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O’Donoghue has not ridden in Eire or Britain for the reason that autumn of 2019, his most up-to-date winner coming within the Queen’s colors aboard the Sir Michael Stoute-trained Clarion at Newmarket on August 3, 2019. 

He had beforehand had an extended and distinguished affiliation with Ballydoyle, the place he’s now primarily based as soon as once more, earlier than his link-up with Jessica Harrington promoted him to the large time.

In a whirlwind 2018, he steered the good Alpha Centauri to 4 Group 1 triumphs, together with the Irish 1,000 Guineas and the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot. 

It’s understood the allegations that have been made towards him didn’t have any bearing on Harrington’s determination to promote Shane Foley forward of him early in 2019. 

When contacted on Monday, O’Donoghue didn’t wish to touch upon the case.


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