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Rocker charged with assault at Co Antrim gig in August 2017

By Nevin Farrell

An English rock star has been charged with assault at one of his gigs in connection with an incident that allegedly took place in Co Antrim last year.

The case of Ginger Wildheart, a guitarist, singer and songwriter formerly with The Quireboys and The Wildhearts, was marked as a 'first appearance' this week on the court list at Ballymena Magistrates Court.

Although born David Leslie Walls, his name was recorded as 'Ginger Wildheart' on the charge sheet.

The 53-year-old, with an address at Oak Tree Road, Eccleston, near St Helens in Merseyside, is alleged to have on August 6 last year "assaulted George Bates thereby occasioning him actual bodily harm, contrary to Section 47 of the Offences Against the Person Act 1861".

Wildheart had been performing at The Diamond Rock Club in Ahoghill on the night of the alleged incident.

The defendant has yet to indicate to the court if he is pleading guilty or not guilty.

The case, heard on Thursday, was adjourned until a date next month.

Last August Wildheart tweeted that he had spent a "night in the cells" following his appearance in Ahoghill.

The rocker's official Facebook fan page has around 18,000 followers and he tours widely.

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