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Drunk man verbally abused women

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Enniskillen Court House

A DRUNK man who verbally abused two women in Enniskillen after they asked him to leave them alone has been given community service for running at their car and damaging its door.
Sean Corrigan (32) of Ross Close, Enniskillen had approached the two women as they sat in a car on Cross Street on November 19th last. He began a conversation, but when they asked him to leave them alone he became aggressive and called them “tramps” and “whores.”
Corrigan, who pleaded guilty to criminal damage at Enniskillen Magistrates Court last week, then ran at the car door, damaging it. Afterwards the door mad a cranking noise when being opened and closed, and cost £72 to repair.
Defence barrister Stefan Rafferty said the entire incident had been “alcohol fuelled”, and wouldn’t have happened if the defendant hadn’t been drinking.
He said Corrigan had been so inebriated he hadn’t been able to recall much of what had happened but had been ashamed when he found out.
Mr Rafferty said Corrigan had mistaken the women for someone he knew, and had hung around and “made a nuisance of himself.” He added the defendant was remorseful, and had brought £50 to court to go towards paying for the damage to the car.
District Judge Michael Ranaghan said the language used by Corrigan towards the women was an aggravating feature in the case, and was not acceptable, nor was the damage caused to the car.
Judge Ranaghan added alcohol was not an excuse.
Corrigan was sentenced to 140 hours community service, fined £200, and ordered to pay the full £72 to pay for the repair of the car door.

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