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21/09/2021

Derry man with 242 previous convictions appears in court twice in one week

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A 56-year-old man with 242 previous convictions who was handed a suspended sentence on Monday appeared at Derry Magistrates Court again the following day. Patrick Farren, whose address was given as no fixed abode was charged with disorderly behaviour on Monday September 24. The court was told that police on patrol in the city centre heard a disturbance coming from Waterloo Place. The officers investigated and found Farren shouting and swearing. The court heard the defendant was warned about his behaviour but continued to shout and was subsequently arrested. When charged, the defendant told police: “I didn't do anything.” Defence solicitor Eugene Burns told the court his client had been released from prison on Friday and had appeared in court on Monday when he was given a suspended sentence. The solicitor said that the defendant been given a chance but ‘didn't take it’. District Judge Oonagh Mullan said that Farren had been given a suspended sentence but was now back in court a day later. She said it was a waste of police resources, but Farren did not ‘seem to be doing anything about it’. Farren was the sentenced to a total of six months in prison.

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