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Sunday 19 November 2017

Bare-chested man was looking for a fight

A Tubbercurry man has claimed he was bare-chested and looking for a fight in Ballymote last month because his wife left him.

John Ward (38) of Parklands, Tubbercurry, was found bare-chested, highly intoxicated and aggressive by Gardaí at Cloonkeavy, Ballymote on June 17th, with "his attention focused on one man".

Inspector Paul Kilcoyne said a crowd of "20 other people were at the scene" and Ward was asked to leave the area, with Gardaí offering him a lift to Tubbercurry.

Ward put his shirt back on, but took it off again, trying to start a fight before he strayed out on the main road and had to be pepper sprayed by Gardaí.

Mr Gerard McGovern said the father-of-three had since reunited with his wife and was apologetic about the incident.

Judge Kilrane remanded Ward on bail to October 5th and said a €300 fine must be in court that day. If Ward re-offends he's "almost certainly going to prison".

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