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Four men appear in court over a real fight at Sham Fight

By Paul Higgins

Published 07/08/2015

Stefan Farrell outside Banbridge Court, sitting in Newry, yesterday
Stefan Farrell outside Banbridge Court, sitting in Newry, yesterday
Andrew Boyce outside Banbridge Court, sitting in Newry, yesterday

Four Co Armagh men have appeared in court accused of involving themselves in a real fight at the annual Sham Fight at Scarva.

Standing separately in the dock of Banbridge Magistrates Court, sitting in Newry, where they were all charged with disorderly behaviour on July 14 this year, were 23-year-old John Andrew Boyce, Stefan Farrell (22), 19-year-old Reece Aughey and Matthew Oliver (21).

Boyce, from Primrose Hill in Gilford, is facing a further charge of possessing a weapon, namely a lock knife, on Scarva Main Street on the same date.

Farrell, from Darling Avenue in Lurgan, and Oliver, from Sleepy Valley Avenue in Richhill, are each accused of resisting police and Oliver of assaulting a police officer.

During violent disturbances at the annual Royal Black Preceptory's re-enactment of the Battle of the Boyne, two police officers were hurt and six people were arrested.

Two teenage boys, who were in court last month but who can't be identified because of their ages, were back in the dock yesterday, but separately from their four co-accused.

A police officer told the court he believed he could connect the four defendants to the charges and that police did not object to them being released on continuing bail.

For their part Boyce, Farrell, Oliver and Aughey, of Angela Crescent, Richhill, spoke only to confirm that they understood their respective charges.

A prosecution lawyer asked for the case to be adjourned for two weeks to allow time for the PPS and police to prepare a file, and releasing the men on continuing bail, the District Judge ordered them to appear again in two weeks.

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