52-year-old armed himself with knife

Derry's Courthouse on Bishop Street. 3003JM66
Derry's Courthouse on Bishop Street. 3003JM66

Police had to draw their gun and CS spray after a 52-year-old armed himself with a knife, a court has heard.

Patrick James Anthony Farren, of Stoneburn Place, pleaded guilty to possessing an offensive weapon with intent to commit and indictable offence.

He also admitted disorderly behaviour and resisting police.

The offences were committed between June 17 and 19.

Derry Magistrates Court heard that police were called to Farren’s home because of concerns about his safety. He was immediately aggressive to police and shouted ‘f*** you. I will show you my guns’.

The 52-year-old then went to the kitchen, lifted a large knife and a knife block and said ‘right f****** come on then’.

Officer had to draw their gun and CS spray and the CS spray had to be deployed in order to calm Farren down.

The police had to hit the 52-year-old with a baton to get him to drop the knife.

Two days later police went to his home again because Farren was refusing to get out of a taxi. He called the officer ‘w******’ and ‘black b*******’ and hit the bonnet of the taxi.

Defence counsel Paul Kearney said his client is a ‘perpetual nuisance’ with a significant record. 
He said the 52-year-old has no memory of the incident as he has an addiction to alcohol and health problems.

The barrister said there was no attempt to stab the officers during the incident and it was a case of the ‘ranting of a drunken fool’.

District Judge Eamon King suspended a six month jail term for two years.