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Forty drunks threaten tourists and defecate in holy well

July 19, 2013 DESTINATION, Headline News 1 Comment Email Email

egtmedia59An aggressive group of about 40 drunken vandals have gone on a destructive rampage at a prehistoric Irish fort, hurling ancient stonework from the ramparts into a car park and verbally abusing international tourists visiting the site.

When police arrived, they found members of the group had defecated into a holy well dedicated to St Patrick, and left the ground strewn with rocks, beer bottles, human excrement and women’s underwear.

The outrage occurred at Grianan Fort, a stone ring fort in County Donegal, Ireland, dating from 1700 BC. Police managed to arrest just two members of the group, who loitered behind to lob rocks into the car park after their drunken companions had lurched away. Grianan

The Irish Examiner reports that the two accused, both from Derry in Northern Ireland, pleaded guilty to causing criminal damage to the fort.

Both men received a month’s jail, the sentences suspended for a year.

A policeman who had attended the scene told Buncrana District Court that American and Chinese tourists were horrified and left stunned by the violence.

“It was just a scene of carnage,” the police officer told the court. “The tourists who were visiting the area were traumatised by what they saw.”

Judge Paul Kelly described the drunks’ behaviour as ignorant, loutish and thuggish.

“This monument is one of the best preserved of its kind and I visited it myself some months ago,” he said.

“It has stood the test of time by many invading armies over the years and then this group of thugs come along and invade it and start to dismantle it from the inside.”

(As the walls are about 4.5 metres thick and 5 metres high, they didn’t get far.)

The judge ordered the men to pay costs of 900 euros (AUD 1285).

The judge added pointedly that the men’s treatment of tourists, “intimidating and harassing an American woman and Chinese family” was “absolutely appalling” and would not be tolerated.

The Grianan is located on the western edge of a small group of hills that lie between the upper reaches of Lough Swilly and Lough Foyle at the edge of the Inishowen peninsula. The summit dominates the neighbouring counties of Londonderry, Donegal and Tyrone.

Written by : Peter Needham

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  1. Ken says:

    “Both men received a month’s jail, the sentences suspended for a year” !!
    What sort of penalty is that ?
    Here in Australia on the Sunshine Coast we have just had an 18 year old who committed 20+ violent offences, some whilst on bail, also given a suspended sentence.
    It is time the magistrates / judges spoke with the victims of the crimes and then consider how they would feel if it were their family members who were the victims.

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