Sunday 22 September 2019

Man says he 'regrets' fist fight outside Galway Garda HQ

Fight: A still from the video of a brawl between two men outside a Galway Garda station earlier this month
Fight: A still from the video of a brawl between two men outside a Galway Garda station earlier this month

Ann Healy

Two men have appeared before Galway District Court in connection with a fist fight recorded outside the new Garda headquarters in Galway, which has become a viral hit on YouTube.

John Maughan (26), with an address at Renville Park, Oranmore, and Patrick Maughan (35), with an address at Laurel Park, Newcastle, Co Galway were arrested last Friday morning, November 9, at their homes.

Both men were taken to Galway garda station where they were charged with breaching the peace by engaging in threatening, abusive and insulting words or behaviour at Dublin Road, Renmore, Co Galway, on November 2.

Both men were released on bail to appear before Galway District Court today.

Gda Pat Casey gave evidence to the court of arresting father-of-five Patrick Maughan and later charging him with the public order offence.

He said when the charge was put to him, Patrick Maughan replied: "I'm embarrassed by the whole situation. If I could turn back time, I would. I regret it, I'm sorry."

Gda Shane Travers gave evidence of arresting John Maughan at his home in Oranmore.

He gave no reply when the charge was put to him.

Gda Travers said gardaí were awaiting the directions of the DPP.

Gardaí did not object to both men being remanded on continuing bail provided strict conditions were attached.

Judge Mary Fahy remanded both men on continuing bail.

Irish Independent

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