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Van rammed repeatedly in Ice cream patch row, court hears

The alleged incident happened on a Donegal beach.
The alleged incident happened on a Donegal beach.

By Gerry McLaughlin

A Co Tyrone ice cream van man allegedly rammed another ice cream van up to six times on Rossnowlagh Beach, Co Donegal over a row about "patches", a court heard yesterday.

Tom Ward (65) of Drumnakilly Road, Omagh is also charged with the theft of keys worth €50 from the other vehicle, using threatening and abusive behaviour, careless driving, having no insurance and failing to produce insurance at Rossnowlagh Beach on July 18 last year.

Ballyshannon District Court heard that the defendant was pleading to the charge of stealing the keys, but claimed he had already produced his document to Ballyshannon Garda Station.

Sergeant Oliver Devaney told the court that the defendant was one of two ice-cream vans operating on the beach.

The gardai were called by the driver of another ice-cream van to say the defendant told him to move the van or he would ram it. The other van driver replied that he could sell his ice-cream wherever he wanted to.

The defendant then took the key out of the other man's van, the beach was very busy at the time and he began to ram the other van up to six times, the court was told.

The defendant then handed back the keys after a short time, the court heard. Ward admitted taking the keys from the van. A witness, buying ice-cream for her children at the time began to record the altercation, and Ward proceeded to ram the other van with his vehicle, the court heard.

Defence solicitor John Murray said the defendant was not the owner of the van, it was a Mr McCullough and the documents would be produced. The alleged insurance matter was adjourned.

Mr Murray said there was an on-going altercation for favourable "patches" on the beach. He said the alleged injured party said he was "jolted once" in his statement.

Judge Kevin Kilrane adjourned the matter to January 18.

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