10 Aug 2022

Tipperary motorist rugby tackled stop/go sign operator

Driver and worker fell into ditch

Tipperary motorist rugby tackled stop/go sign operator

Nenagh Court was told that a Tipperary motorist rugby tackled stop/go sign operator File picture

A roadworker operating a stop / go system outside Nenagh was rugby tackled by a motorist following an altercation, Nenagh Court was told.

James Sage of Glenacre, Ballina, County Tipperary, pleaded to assault at Borrisokane road, Nenagh, on August 30, 2018.

The court heard that Mr Sage, who is aged 50, had been flagged down by the roadworker at a controlled stop.

Mr Sage jumped out of his vehicle and abused the roadworker telling him that he was in a rush.

Mr Sage then drove away but returned about 15 minutes later and said that the the injured party had taken a photograph of him and he wanted the photograph.

He then rugby tackled the roadworker and they fell into a ditch. He boxed the injured party in the head during the struggle.

Passersby tried to intervene and the injured party had tried to defend himself, the court was told.

Mr Sage’s solicitor, Ted McCarthy, said that there was a “psychiatric background” that the State was aware of.

Judge Elizabeth MacGrath adjourned the case to November 28 for a victim personal statement and a psychiatric report on Mr Sage.

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