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Suspended sentence for damaging ancient ringfort

grianan fort

TWO men who were held in garda custody since Monday for the damage they caused to the historic Grianan Aileach ringfort at Burt, were given a one month suspended sentence each when they appeared before Buncrana District Court this morning.

Initially Judge Paul Kelly refused to grant bail to Raymond McCormick (21), a 21-year-old business student, and unemployed carpet fitter William Sweeney (19), both with addresses in Creggan in Derry.

The two men were told they have to come up with €900 to pay for damage to the ancient monument and the cleaning of the site, before he would consider bail.

In the afternoon the judge handed down the suspended sentences after family members of the two men paid the €900 damages.

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