Woman texted to arrange Limavady fight - court told

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Derry Crown Court has heard how a woman arranged a fight with another woman by text and phone in Limavady just before a man was stabbed.

Before the court on Friday were Alana Doherty (24) of 18, Coolessan Walk and Angelo Doherty (27) of 30, Coolessan Walk both in Limavady admitted charges of affray on February 15 2009.

The court heard that Alana Doherty phoned a man to arrange a fight with that man’s girlfriend. The court heard that earlier in the night there had been another dispute involving Angelo Doherty.

At around 3 a.m. the woman who had been invited to fight and several men arrived in a car at the location where Alana Doherty and Angelo Doherty were waiting.

As the men got out of the car there was an incident involving neither of the two defendants and a man was stabbed.

Angelo Doherty then chased another man.

When Alana Doherty was interviewed she initially denied arranging the fights but acknowledged sending the texts. She admitted wanting to fight as she claimed the other woman was ‘niggling’ her.

Angelo Doherty admitted being at the scene.

Defence counsel for Alana Doherty Mr. Joe Brolly said his client had been introduced to drugs when she was 17 and had taken a certain path in life.

Eoin Devlin for Angelo Doherty said his client had nothing to do with the serious injuries.

Both were remanded in custody, they will be sentenced tomorrow.