Father-of-six snatched £140 from man in cigarette deal

Enniskillen Court House    RMG10

Enniskillen Court House RMG10

A 30-YEAR-OLD man who snatched £140 out of the hands of another man was guilty of a “nasty offence”, Enniskillen Magistrates Court has heard.
Martin Ward, of Lackaboy View, Moneynoe Glebe, Enniskillen, admitted stealing cash to the value of £140 or thereabouts belonging to Jonathan Browne on April 16th this year.
At his sentencing on Monday, the court heard that on the date in question the defendant approached the injured party outside a garage in Maguiresbridge, offering to sell him tobacco.
The injured party went to a cash machine to get the money which Ward then snatched from the hand of his victim and refused to give it back. The injured party told Ward that he would make a note of his car registration number for police and was told that he would “end up in a body bag if he did”.  
The defendant was subsequently identified in a bar in Enniskillen on foot of a description and arrested for theft. Ward made a full “no comment” interview to police while the court heard that the money had not been retrieved.
His solicitor, Myles McManus, told the court that the father-of-six thought he had done a deal with the injured party. He said that his client would return the funds that were stolen.
District Judge Nigel Broderick noted that the pre-sentence report painted a very different picture of Ward to that outlined by the prosecution.  
Ward was ordered to return to court on November 9th with the full amount of £140 and warned that if he failed to do so he would face “severe consequences”.

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