27 Sept 2022

Man with more than 360 jailed for 'sad, simple' disorderly offence

A man with 'a formidable record' of more than 360 previous convictions has been jailed for what a solicitor described as 'another sad, simple disorderly behaviour.' Damian Joseph Young (52) of no fixed abode appeared at Derry Magistrate's Court charged with being disorderly in the early hours of this morning. The court was told around 1.45am police were called to a shop on the Strand Road to reports of a male knocking items off shelves and lying on the floor. On arrival police found Young lying with his trousers down his legs. The shopkeeper did not make a complaint only asked for Young to be removed. Young left when asked but then went to a takeaway and lay down on the ground again and was escorted out by staff. He then went to a pizza outlet and knocked over a table and again was escorted out. He then stood outside another shop and shouted at police and was arrested. Defence solicitor Seamus Quigley said the court might think it was no coincidence that last night was 'particularly cold' and Young who was homeless was sleeping under a hedge. He said the court could think that Young wanted to be arrested. The solicitor said that Young had been released from prison a week ago and had been homeless ever since. He said that his client's problem was simply down to alcohol but it was not a case where Young was disorderly on his way home as he had no home to go to. District Judge Stephen Keown said there was 'a certain inevitability' about the case. He said Young would not comply with a suspended sentence without re-offending. He sentenced him to three months in custody.

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