Ordered to pay £200 to HURT

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A 52-year-old Derry man has been ordered to pay £200 to drugs and alcohol counselling service HURT after he appeared at Derry Magistrate’s Court charged with disorderly behaviour.

Patrick McGonagle, who has an address at Moyola Drive in the Shantallow area of the city, also had formal sentencing deferred until April next year, provided that he commits no further offences in the interim.

The court heard that on Octiber 3 this year McGonagle had walked into the middle of the Strand Road in the early afternoon, directly outside the police station and had refused to move on when asked by police officers.

McGonagle then the told officers to “f**k” off several times, while a group of young people looked on, before he was eventually arrested.

McGonagle’s solicitor Mr Gareth McFadden said that his client was well known to the court and had consumed a large amount of alcohol on the day in question.

Commenting on McGonagle’s behaviour District Judge Barney McElholm said that he was “at a loss” as to what to do with McMonagle.

“Quite frankly I just don’t know what else to do with this man.

“He gets drunk and more or less everytime he gets drunk he misbehaves in public.

“He just doesn’t seem to be able to stay out of trouble or out of the court for any length of time..”

Ordering McGonagle to pay £200 to HURT, the District Judge commented that the organisation dealt “with problems such as his” on a daily basis.

“By paying this money to HURT you will be giving something back to the community because God knows that you have taken enough out of it.”

McMonagle was given until next April to pay the money to charity.