Bare-chested men were in a ‘fair fight’

Bray People - - NEWS -

A HEROIN ad­dict who told gar­dai that a fist-fight be­tween two bare-chested men was a 'fair fight' was given a sus­pended sen­tence at Bray District Court last week.

De­nis Ward (30), Half Moon, Windgates, Bray, told Garda James Len­non to ' leave it go,' at the Half Moon halt­ing site on De­cem­ber 18 last year.

The in­ci­dent oc­curred just days af­ter his car­a­van was burned out, his wife and chil- dren nar­rowly es­cap­ing the flames.

Garda Len­non said that he was called to the area at around 10.15 p.m. that night. Two men were stripped to the waist and pre­pared for a box­ing fight.

' There were women scream­ing and chil­dren present, as well as six or seven men,' said Garda Len­non. ' Mr. Ward put a hand out to hold me back and said “it's a fair fight, one on one.' De­nis Ward was not one of the fight­ers. A melee broke out amongst all the men. 'I'm not sure if the de­fen­dant was break­ing it up or not,' he said. It emerged that the two orig­i­nal fight­ers were Ward's step-son and brother.

Garda Len­non said that the fight ceased af­ter pep­per spray was used. There was a strong smell of drink from ev­ery­one in­volved and Ward was quite drunk at the scene. The Court heard that Ward has a his­tory of drug use and has had a heroin ad­dic­tion dat­ing back to 1999. He stopped in 2007 but has had re­lapses.

He got three months for the pub­lic or­der mat­ter on De­cem­ber 18, as well as six months for hav­ing no in­surance, and three months for re­fus­ing to give a sam­ple of breath. All pe­nalites were sus­pended for one year. He was al­ready banned from driv­ing for 40 years and has 74 pre­vi­ous con­vic­tions.

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