Five months for A&E offender with 165 convictions

A Derry man who turned up at Altnagelvin A&E on New Year’s Eve while intoxicated and then proceeded to abuse staff, assault a patient who tried to intervene, and kick a hole through a plasterboard wall, has been jailed for five months.

The city’s magistrate’s Court was told yesterday that Patrick Farren (51), of Stoneburn Place was a “tragic figure” who was “institutionalised to a large extent” and had spent a considerable amount of his life in prison.

Farren, the court was told, had 165 previous convictions - 88 of those for disorderly behaviour or rioting. He was also described as a man with a chronic alcohol problem who took more than 24 hours to sober up enough to be interviewed following the incident at Altnagelvin.


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