Friday 20 September 2019

Ice cream van man 'rammed rival' in beach row

Popular: There is an ongoing altercation over patches at Rossnowlagh Beach, the court heard
Popular: There is an ongoing altercation over patches at Rossnowlagh Beach, the court heard
A general view of Rossnowlagh Beach in Donegal

Gerry McLaughlin

An ice cream van man who allegedly rammed another ice cream man's van up to six times over a row about "patches" has had his case adjourned to the new year.

Tom Ward (65), of Drumnakilly Road, Omagh, Co Tyrone, is also charged with the theft of keys worth €50 from the other vehicle, using threatening and abusive behaviour, careless driving, having no insurance and failing to produce insurance at Rossnowlagh Beach, Co Donegal, on July 18 last year.

Ballyshannon District Court heard the defendant was pleading guilty to the charge of stealing the keys, but claimed he had already produced his documents at Ballyshannon garda station.

Sergeant Oliver Devaney told the court the defendant was one of two ice cream vans operating on Rossnowlagh Beach. Gardaí were called by the driver of the other van to say the defendant told him to move the van or he would ram it. The other van driver replied he could sell his ice cream wherever he wanted.

The defendant then took the key out of the other man's van and he began to ram the other van up to six times, the court was told. A witness, who was buying ice cream for her children at the time, began to record the dispute as Ward proceeded to ram the other van with his vehicle, the court heard.

Defence solicitor John Murray said there was an ongoing altercation for favourable "patches" on the beach.

He said the alleged injured party said he was "jolted once" in his statement.

Judge Kevin Kilrane said he would adjourn the matter to January 18 to hear the alleged injured party as to how many times the vehicle was rammed.

Irish Independent

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