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Former Donegal county councillor in court following 'episode' in shop

Defendant remanded on continuing bail

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Former Donegal county councillor in court following 'episode' in shop

A former Donegal county councillor has pleaded guilty to a charge of producing an article, namely a stick or a wheel brace, in the course of a dispute, at Donegal Circuit Court.

35-year-old Gareth Reid, Knockfair, Stranorlar admitted the charge that related to an incident at Kee’s Filling Station, Laghey on October 9th, 2016.

A related charge of committing an affray with 33-year-old Barry Doherty, Mourne Place, Strabane, County Tyrone at the same location and on the same date was withdrawn.

Damian Crawford BL, defence counsel for the defendant, asked for a Probation Report for the defendant.

Judge John Aylmer asked for a reason for the report as it was usually asked in cases where there were no previous convictions.

Mr Crawford said the matter before the court was an “episode” and it would be of benefit to the court to know the background to it.

The counsel added that it was “an unhappy background”.

Mr. Crawford said the defendant would be giving a victim impact statement.

The defendant was remanded on continuing bail until October for the preparation of a pre-sentence report.

In a related case, 33-year-old Barry Doherty, Mourne Place, Strabane, County Tyrone pleaded guilty to a charge of assaulting Gareth Reid causing him harm at Kee’s Filling Station Laghey on October 9th, 2016.

A related charge of causing an affray with Gareth Reid on the same date and location was withdrawn.

Defence counsel Mr Toner asked the court for a pre-sentence report to assess the suitability of the defendant for a Community Service Order.

Judge John Aylmer adjourned the case to October.