Reality TV Paddy admits Shotton pub assault on brother

Published date: 28 January 2014 |
Published by: Staff reporter
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Big Fat Gypsy Wedding star Paddy Doherty headbutted one of his own brothers twice in a pub brawl.

The former bare-knuckle boxing champion appeared alongside another brother Martin McDonagh, 52, at Flintshire Magistrates Court.

A 12-minute CCTV film showed all three brothers sitting at the bar at The Melrose public house in Central Drive, Shotton, one afternoon last October.

Paddy Doherty suddenly lunged up at Douglas McDonagh and headbutted him twice, knocking him to the floor.

His co-defendant spent a lot of time acting as peace maker and was seen keeping them apart and remonstrating with Doherty.

But the footage showed the victim clearly saying something and Martin McDonagh going across and punching the victim, knocking him to the floor again.

Doherty, 54, and Martin McDonagh, 53, both of Riverside Caravan Park, Queensferry, both admitted a charge of common assault.

But the headbutt puts Doherty, who won the 2011 Celebrity Big Brother, in breach of a suspended prison sentence for affray. He had been given a 51-week prison sentence, suspended for two years, at Manchester Crown Court and was committed to that court for sentence on February 24. Martin McDonagh was bailed to return to the magistrates court for sentence on February 27.

Magistrates ordered pre-sentence reports from the probation service.

Doherty left the court making no comment but agreed it was “very sad” for an assault to take place within the family.

A number of people at The Melrose were seen to continue drinking or reading the newspaper during the during the commotion.

Prosecutor Robert Blakemore said the film showed everyone seemingly getting on but “after a short period of time” things started to go wrong. He said Doherty appeared to touch the victim on his face and the defendant’s demeanour charged.

“Doherty then headbutts him twice to the face and as a result of that he falls to the floor,” he said. “He was dragged to his feet by McDonagh.”

Mr Blakemore said Doherty continued with his aggressive behaviour towards the victim and was seen with his hands in the air approaching him on a number of occasions. He was prevented from doing so by Martin McDonagh “who appears to be looking after the victim”.

His concern was such at one stage Martin McDonagh got a cloth and wiped the victim’s face who had blood pouring down it. Mr Blakemore said McDonagh had been hugging the victim.

But then something happened between them as he punched him three times himself.

He fell to the floor but this time was picked up by Doherty and placed against the bar.

The victim ended up with a two to three inch long cut above the left eye, a small cut above the right eye and a small cut to his left ear. Police preserved the CCTV film and the victim made a statement to the police, but then it had been withdrawn.

Both defendants gave no comment interviews. They had previous convictions, with Doherty in breach of a suspended prison sentence.

Michael Sopholeous, defending, said in view of the suspended sentence the magistrates may wish the crown court to sentence Doherty.

He said Martin McDonagh had alcohol difficulties, which had affected his home life and may have had an impact on what took place in the pub “between the three brothers.”

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