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Rock singer escapes jail for attack on fan at Northern Ireland gig

By Nevin Farrell

A rock star has admitted assaulting a fan who he claimed had shouted that he was "boring" at one of his gigs.

Ginger Wildheart, a guitarist and singer, was playing at the Diamond Rock Club in Ahoghill, Co Antrim, last August.

The Merseyside musician (53) pleaded guilty at Antrim Magistrates' Court to a charge of assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

He was handed a six-month jail term, suspended for three years, and ordered to pay £500 compensation to the fan.

The singer, formerly of The Wildhearts and The Quireboys, told police the fan shouted "boring" and asked him to play different songs.

Wildheart claimed to police there was a "scuffle" and believed the man - who had blood on his shoulder and a dressing on his head when police arrived - had fallen because he was intoxicated.

Wildheart also alleged he thought he was going to be attacked and acted in "self defence".

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