Jailed for disorderly in Housing Executive office

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

A man who committed further offences the day after he was released from prison has been jailed.

Patrick James Anthony Farren, of Stoneburn Place, pleaded guilty to disorderly behaviour on July 11.

The charges relate to an incident in the Northern Ireland Housing Executive office in the Waterside.

They were committed the day after the 52-year-old was released from prison after serving a one month prison sentence. He also received a suspended sentence on July 10 for similar offences.

Derry Magistrates Court heard police were called to the NIHE office because Farren had stripped to the waist and was sleeping on the premises.

Staff told officers that Farren ‘verbally abused’ them because they told him he couldn’t buy his bungalow.

Police found him shirtless, wearing just his trousers and shoes.

When officers tried to wake the 52-year-old he told them to ‘f*** off’ several times.

The court heard police warned Farren about his behaviour and he told them ‘f*** off you b*******. I don’t need any police f*** off’.

There were members of the public and numerous NIHE staff present at the time and Farren was arrested.

It was revealed the 52-year-old has 174 previous convictions.

Defence solicitor Brendan Kearney said his client had a ‘windfall’ because his benefits had continued to be paid whilst he was in prison.

He said Farren then had the idea into his head that he could buy the home he and his family have lived at for some time.

Mr Kearney urged the court to give the 52-year-old a chance because ‘if he goes to jail nothing will be achieved except removing him from the streets’.

He added prison sentences have not done Farren any good and that his client ‘needs assistance’ for alcohol addiction.

Jailing Farren and activating the suspended sentence, Deputy District Judge Sean O’Hare said ‘there was no reason for you to go in and cause this sort of disturbance’.

The judge added it must have been ‘very upsetting’ for NIHE staff and members of the public who witnessed it.

Farren was jailed for a total of four months and ordered to pay and offender levy of £25.