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Pirate lad: I swear it was ghost.

A TEENAGER who blamed a foul-mouthed outburst on a pirate now claims it was a ghost which made him do it.

Thomas McGair, 18, swore at officers who were about to arrest him, a court heard yesterday.

When cautioned and charged, he said: "It wisnae me, it was the pirate."

Sheriff Rajni Swanney said he was intrigued - but the new explanation was just as bizarre.

Defence lawyer Andrew Kennedy told Greenock Sheriff Court: "In fact, he was in a state of agitation because he claims he had just seen a ghost."

He said the behaviour suggested McGair had taken drugs or drunk too much, but he denied this.

McGair, of Glasgow, admitted a breach of the peace in Gourock, Renfrewshire, last October.

Sentence was deferred.
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jun 15, 2006
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