Man to be sen­tenced over car boot brawl

Lesser of­fence ad­mit­ted over early morn­ing fight

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Robert Cum­ber robert.cum­ber@trin­i­tymir­

A MAN is due to be sen­tenced over a mass brawl which broke out be­side a car boot sale in Houn­slow, in which one per­son was stabbed and run over.

Five men ended up in hos­pi­tal af­ter vi­o­lence flared in Staines Road, be­side Houn­slow Heath, where a car boot sale was tak­ing place on the morn­ing of Sun­day Fe­bru­ary 28.

Seven peo­ple were ar­rested and four men even­tu­ally charged, each with one count of vi­o­lent dis­or­der and one of pos­sess­ing an of­fen­sive weapon in a pub­lic place.

They all de­nied the charges and were due to stand trial on June 27 at Isle­worth Crown Court.

How­ever, the court said the charges were dropped against three of the de­fen­dants - Char­lie McDon­agh, 42; Brian McDon­agh, 20; and a 17-year-old who can­not be named, all of whom lived in Manor Waye, Uxbridge - af­ter the pros­e­cu­tion failed to of­fer any ev­i­dence.

A fourth man, Charles McDon­agh, 23, also of Manor Waye, de­nied the orig­i­nal charges, which the court said would be left to lie on file, but ad­mit­ted a lesser of­fence of sec­tion four pub­lic dis­or­der.

He is due to re­turn to the court for sen­tenc­ing on De­cem­ber 16.

Po­lice said the dis­or­der had first flared that morn­ing, at around 7am, in the car park of the car boot sale.

They said a fight broke out there and one man was stabbed and de­lib­er­ately run over, break­ing his leg frac­tur­ing his skull.

Soon af­ter, po­lice said three ve­hi­cles were in­volved in a col­li­sion in Staines Road, Houn­slow, and an armed fight erupted be­tween the oc­cu­pants.

The or­gan­is­ers of the car boot sale said at the time that the fight had not bro­ken out at their event.

The dis­tur­bance did, how­ever, lead po­lice to agree a vol­un­tary ban on the sale of power tools with the or­gan­is­ers of that event and other car boot sales in the bor­ough. and

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