Bare-chested men were in a ‘fair fight’
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.