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CANARY WARFARE; Bird man punched judge but claims it was in self-defence.

A CHAMPION canary canary (kənâr`ē), common name for a familiar cage bird of the family Ploceidae (Old World finch family), descended from either the wild serin finch or from the very similar wild canary, Serinus canarius,  breeder breeder

1. a person with an animal enterprise involving the multiplication of the herd, flock or group.

2. a female animal used basically for the production of saleable young.
 yesterday ad-mitted thumping a Scots bird show judge during a drinking session before an international competition.

English bird-fancier Mark Lowry punched judge James McTaggart in a hotel bar - but claimed it was in self-defence.

A court heard feathers flew when the two men were staying at the same hotel during the international canary competition between England, Scotland and Wales Wales, Welsh Cymru, western peninsula and political division (principality) of Great Britain (1991 pop. 2,798,200), 8,016 sq mi (20,761 sq km), west of England; politically united with England since 1536. The capital is Cardiff. .

Canary expert Lowry, 35, is accused of flying into a rage when the judge threatened to give low marks for his birds.

The court had heard that Lowry threw a punch when Mr McTaggart, from Girvan, Ayshire, said: "If your birds aren't good enough, I will put you down.".

Lowry, of Carlisle, Cumbria, claims the judge was not talking about birds - but was threatening to hit him.

He told the court: "We were discussing canaries and people and suddenly McTaggart got aggressive.

"We both stood up, he hit me first, and I hit him. He went over a stool.

"My back was to the wall and it was an instant reaction to defend myself."

Lowry denies unlawful wounding and two charges of perverting the course of justice In English or Irish law, perversion of the course of justice is a criminal offence in which someone acts in a manner that in some way prevents justice being served on either themselves or on a third party. Perverting the course of justice is an offence in common law. .

The trial at Cardiff Crown Court Cardiff Crown Court is a historic building situated in Cardiff's Civic Centre, Cathays Park.  continues.
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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Jul 18, 2001
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