Street drinker admits disorderly behaviour

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

A homeless man who was arrested for disorderly behaviour days after he was released from prison has received a suspended sentence.

Damien Joseph Young, of no fixed abode, pleaded guilty to disorderly behaviour, jaywalking and resisting police.

The offences were committed on December 2.

Derry Magistrates Court heard the 49-year-old had only been released from prison on November 28.

On Tuesday, police were on patrol in the city centre when they saw Young standing in the middle of a road. He was shouting and swearing at members of the public and traffic had to manoeuvre around him to avoid hitting him.

Officers moved Young off the road but he continued to be abusive. He began shouting and swearing at the police and continued shouting at members of the public.

The 49-year-old was arrested and he struggled with police.

Defence solicitor Seamus Quigley told the court that ‘for the first time in a long time’ his client has a potential address in Strabane.

He said Young is a ‘long established street drinker and the time period between when he gets out of prison and when he offends again is getting shorter and shorter’.

District Judge Barney McElholm said ‘if he would go to Strabane and stay there I for one would be happy’.

He suspended a six month jail term for two years and imposed a conditional discharge.