Man urinated against window of Tourism office

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A man caused distress to employees at the city’s Tourist Information Office by urinating against a window, a court has heard.

Patrick Farren, of Lettershandoney Avenue, Drumahoe, pleaded guilty to indecent behaviour, criminal damage and assaulting police.

The charges relate to an incident on March 17.

Derry Magistrates Court heard police were called to the Tourist Information Office after employees saw a man urinating against a window of the centre.

Police came across the 21-year-old as he walked along the Expressway carrying two bags of alcohol and he matched the description given of the man urinating in public.

The court heard Farren became agitated when police arrested him and cs spray had to be deployed. Then as he was being transported to the police station he spat in an officers face and attempted to kick another. The court heard the 21-year-old was wearing spiked boots at the time.

It was revealed that while in custody, Farren smeared faeces over the cell and when he was further arrested he told police “I’m sorry Mr McElholm, I won’t do it again. I’m a good boy really”.

During interview the 21-year-old claimed he urinated out of view and did not expose his genitals or intend to cause any alarm.

Stephen Chapman, defending, said his client has difficulties with alcohol and has a “substantial record”.

Deferring sentence for six months, District Judge Barney McElholm said “because the court has tried to be understanding with Farren and take into account his background and difficulties, it seems he had developed the idea he is in some way unvulnerable”.

He said the 21-year-old refuses to get help for his alcohol problem or accept it is linked to his criminal record.

Farren will appear in court again on June 7. Mr McElholm warned him if there was any further offending he would be going straight to prison.