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21/09/2021

Derry man with 356 previous convictions sentenced to six months in jail for standing in front of traffic in the city centre

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District Judge Barney McElholm said it was 'ludicrous' that the courts could do nothing with a man with 356 previous convictions to get him treatment. Damian Joseph Young (52) of no fixed abode was charged with disorderly behaviour in Clarendon Street on October 13. The court heard that shortly after midnight Young was standing in front of traffic in Clarendon Street. When police approached he became abusive and was arrested. Defence solicitor Seamus Quigley asked the court to keep the sentence to a minimum. Judge McElholm said Young 'won't stop drinking and won't stop offending'. He said the only thing he could suggest would be to release him from prison on foot with no money so he cannot get back to Derry. The judge said it was probably too late for Young. He sentenced him to six months in prison.

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