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‘Stormin Norman’ Parke in court

Thursday, 7 September 2017

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A JUDGE has given one of Northern Ireland's top mixed martial arts fighters the chance to follow in Conor McGregor's footsteps, depite amassing four driving without insurance convictions.
District Judge Liam McNally's comments came during a sitting of North Antrim Magistrates in Coleraine yesterday (Monday) when Norman Parke - who fights under the title of 'Stormin Norman' - appeared in relation to driving offences and being disorderly in Portstewart.
Parke, 30, from Heronshaw, Bushmills, was told that if he received a suspended jail term it would mean he would not be able to emulate McGregor and fight in Las Vegas because such a serious conviction could mean he would be banned from America.
Instead, the Judge said he was going to give the sports star, a former UFC fighter who has a title decider against Polish Mateusz Gamrot in Dublin on September 22, the chance to change his ways.
However, Judge McNally warned Parke: "If you appear before me again for any insurance offence or driving while disqualified then I will impose immediate custody."
*Read the full story in this week's Chronicle

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