Suspended sentence for breaching order

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Anyone thinking about taking so-called legal highs should look at a 24-year-old man ‘to see what happens’, a court has heard.

Derry Magistrate’s Court was told Ian Noel McFaul has a number of mental health problems which can be attributed to substance abuse.

McFaul, of Garvagh Court, pleaded guilty to breaching a non-molestation order by going near his mother’s home on June 20.

He also admitted further charges of disorderly behaviour and resisting police relating to an incident six days later.

The court heard that McFaul’s mother phoned police after she saw him staring at her through the kitchen window, in breach of a court order.

Six days later police were called to the Foyle Bridge to reports of a male in a ‘distressed state’.

McFaul became agitated when officers expressed concern for his welfare and began to shout and swear.

Defence counsel Steven Mooney said these offences were committed at a ‘particularly bad time’ in McFaul’s life.

He described the 24-year-old as an ‘extremely vulnerable individual and added anyone thinking of taking so-called legal highs should ‘just look at Mr McFaul to see what happens’.

DIstrict Judge Barney McElholm suspended a four month sentence for two years on one set of charges.

He deferred sentencing on the other set until February and warned McFaul ‘this is your last chance’ and in future he would receive an ‘immediate and lengthy’ sentence.