Man who survived 30 storeys fall appears in court

A man who survived a 30 storey fall in America, breaking every bone in his body, was brought before court on Thursday for breaching a barring order.

Buncrana District Court sitting last Thursday heard how Desmond Dorrian, with an address of Keadue, Rosnakill, was in breach of a barring order to not go near a property, with the same address, Keadue, Rosnakill until July next year.

Gardai told the court that when they arrived at the scene on November 10 Dorrian was intoxicated.

Dorrian told presiding Judge Seamus Hughes that he only returned to the property to get tools out of the shed.

His defence solicitor Ray Lannon told Judge Hughes Dorrian is now living with his son in Milford and there is a bit of carpentry work that needed to be carried out on the property and Dorrian needed his tools to do the work, and that’s why he breached the barring order.

Mr Lannon said: “He fell 30 storeys in Chicago, his fall was broken by beams - he broke nearly every bone in his body.

“He is 64-years-old and this happened in the 1980s, he is very lucky to have survived. “

Mr Lannon said it was a ‘misunderstanding’ and his client wasn’t aware that the barring order was still in place.

Judge Hughes said if Dorrian wanted to get his tools out of the shed Garda would accompany him to the property.

He said: “He is an elderly man and he hasn’t caused any trouble before.

“I think what I will do is adjourn this for a year and if on the next occasions there is no further difficulties I will strike out.”

The case was adjourned until November 14, 2011 on the bond of 100 euro.