Damaged window of cafe

A judge has said the government need to ‘come up with a way’ of dealing with people with addictions.

District Judge Barney McElholm made the comment as 47-year-old Damien Joseph Young appeared in court for the second time in a matter of days.

Young, a street drinker with no fixed abode, pleaded guilty to causing damage to a window at Ramsey’s Cafe on February 2.

The incident occurred just two days after he received a conditional discharge for stealing a coat from a local charity shop.

Derry Magistrates Court heard that Young caused £200 worth of damage when he kicked a window, causing it to crack.

Jailing Young for a total of six months, District Judge Barney McElholm said the theft last week from a charity shop was done ‘in desperation’ and ‘he really didn’t do any harm to anyone’.

However, the judge said Young’s behaviour in the cafe is ‘something that traders and members of the public cannot be expected to put up with’.

He said it is a ‘revolving door situation. This man won’t voluntarily get help for himself and I can’t impose it on him’.

The judge added it is a ‘completely hopeless situation’ and the only thing he can do is to remove Young from the streets for a short period of time because he doesn’t have any other choice.