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Frisky farmer told women: “You have lovely breasts”

Crime DeskBy Martin Grant
Kevin Ford
Kevin Ford

THIS is the frisky farmer who has vowed to clear his name after a judge found him guilty of a criminal offence for telling a woman: “You have lovely breasts.”

Meath farmer Kevin Ford has been embroiled in a bizarre breast-appreciation case and told the Sunday World he will fight to prove his innocence.

Farmer Ford was handed a suspended prison sentence this week after offering unsolicited compliments to a young mother by telling her that she had lovely breasts.

Despite not laying a hand on the woman, he was found guilty of threatening and abusive behaviour.

The court heard how the woman was out walking with her little two-year-old son in the scenic area of the Ramparts in Navan last August when the incident took place.

The mother described how she became suspicious after spotting Ford sitting in a jeep as she walked into the car park of the Ramparts – a popular walking area in the local community.

“He was trying to get my attention, but I ignored him,” the flustered woman told the court.

The farmer made his booby blunder moments later after the pair encountered each other.

When they stumbled across each other, the woman said Ford told her:

“Hello, you have a lovely pair of breasts.

“There is no harm in telling you, you have a lovely pair of breasts.”

Ford’s raunchy remarks didn’t go down well and the woman told him to “get the hell away from me”.

However, Ford told the judge the woman “started roaring at me and calling me a paedophile”.

“I don’t know why she reacted like that. I said nothing wrong to her. There is no way I said that to her,” the farmer told Navan Court.

“I just said that it was a nice day. She just started shouting and roaring and saying she would call the Gardaí. She said ‘you’re an effing paedophile’.”

He claimed that he spoke briefly to the woman and said: “It’s a grand day there now, something like that. I was just being friendly and passing the time of day.”

The woman denied that Ford talked about the weather.

When the Sunday World tracked down the 49-year-old to his Co. Meath farm at Corballis, Kildalkey, we quizzed him about the unusual incident.

The flirting farmer remained defiant that he did not tell the woman that she had “a lovely pair of breasts” and revealed his plans to appeal the sentence.

“I didn’t say it,” he told the Sunday World on Friday afternoon.

“I’m going to the solicitor now to appeal it,” he added.

When our team asked if he was confident about winning an appeal, Ford said: “I’m on my way to my solicitor now.”

He then took-off in his jeep, avoiding further questioning from our reporter.

Detective Garda Patrick Muldowney told Judge Gráinne Malone (right) that he took a statement from the woman, who was in a “distraught state”, alleging that Ford made the breast remarks. Garda Muldowney said that after being cautioned, Ford made a statement saying that he “definitely” did not make the breast remarks.

Ford said he got a roll from a deli in a nearby garage, but the car park was too busy and he decided to go to the Ramparts car park to enjoy his lunch.

He added that he came across the woman after getting out of his jeep for a breath of fresh and was leaning across a bridge when she walked by.

Witness

Judge Malone said she was satisfied beyond reasonable doubt that Ford made the breast remark to the woman.

The judge said she found the woman to be a truthful witness and that there was significant weight to the prompt manner in which she reported the incident to the Gardaí.

She also rejected a plea by Ford’s legal team for the Probation Act to be applied in this case.

“Nobody should be allowed to speak to a person like that. I think it’s a serious matter,” said Judge Malone.

“Women who are on their own and walking in secluded spots are entitled to enjoy those peaceful surroundings.”

She sentenced the farmer to a month’s imprisonment, suspended for 12 months on certain conditions. The sentence means he will not be banged up behind bars if he does not break the conditions.