Tyrone farmer punched man who spat in his face in row over cattle

Farmers row over cattle
Farmers row over cattle

A Blackwatertown farmer punched a man after he spat in his face during an argument over cattle , East Tyrone Magistrate’s Court has heard.

Police received a report from the injured party around 1.30am on November 30 stating that he had been punched “at least twice” during a fight with Paul Charlie Hughes, 42, of Ballytroddan Road.

Under interview the injured party said that he had an ongoing argument with Mr Hughes over cattle and had spat in his face.

A solicitor for the defendant told the court that there had been an accusation of stealing cattle before the spitting incident.

He said his client accepted the facts, though disputed that it had been two punches. He said that he was sorry and should not not have reacted violently.

District Judge Bernadette Kelly handed down a fine of £500 as well as a court offender’s levy of £15.