06 Oct 2022

Derry man with 15 previous convictions for urinating in the street is told by judge that his actions are 'deplorable'

A police officer told Derry Magistrate's Court that it was 'strange' that a local man had 15 convictions for urinating in public. Paul Farren (28) of Drummard Close in Derry appeared charged with indecent behaviour and breaching his bail on October 15. The Court was told police observed Farren in the Strand Road area and he was urinating. He was unsteady on his feet and officers feared he would fall over. It was discovered his bail conditions were that he was not to intoxicated in a public place. A breath test revealed he was almost three times the legal limit. Defence solicitor Keith Kyle said his client was 'a chronic alcoholic' and said there were 'no easy answers' to his problems. The police officer said that Farren who has 107 previous convictions had 15 for indecent behaviour. District Judge Barney McElholm said Farren just urinates in public 'it does not matter who is there, it could be young children or young girls standing near him.' He said Farren has received prison for this behaviour in the past 'and nothing seems to stop him doing it.' The judge added: "For a city that is establishing itself as a tourist destination this sort of behaviour is deplorable." He released Farren on bail to appear again on November 9.

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