‘Custody a very negative experience’

A 20-year-old Dungiven man who commited a series of public order offences has had sentencing deferred for

12 months.

John James Farren of Ard na Smoll appeared at Limavady Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday for two counts of assault on a male, assault on a female, criminal damage to a window, disorderly behaviour, resisting a police officer, assaulting a police officer, and possession of an offensive weapon. All offences happened on March 17 when police were called to an incident at King’s Lane in Ballykelly.

On December 10, District Judge McNally remanded Farren in custody for seven days. On Wednesday, Farren’s defence counsel Nicola Rountree said Farren found the period in custody “a very negative experience” and “not somewhere he wants to be”.

District Judge McNally said the offences were serious. He deferred sentencing until December 16, 2015 and ordered Farren to pay £500 compensation to a male victim, and also pay £231.60 for the windows.