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Friday 2 December 2016

Homeless man begs garda to be sent to jail

Jason Farrell admitted damaging the windscreen of a Garda patrol car (Stock picture)
Jason Farrell admitted damaging the windscreen of a Garda patrol car (Stock picture)

A trainee gardener who became frustrated when gardai would not arrest him, jumped up on a patrol car and kicked the windscreen.

Jason Farrell (27) came into Swords Garda Station begging to be arrested and sent to jail - but he had not committed an offence and an officer told him to calm down and go home.

Judge Patricia McNamara ordered a probation report and adjourned sentencing to next February.

She also ordered Farrell to pay compensation for the damage he caused.

The defendant admitted before Swords District Court to damaging the windscreen of a patrol car.

Garda Daniel Rogers said he was working in Swords Garda Station on August 31 last when Farrell came in around 5.30am demanding to be arrested and sent to jail.

Gda Rogers said he told Farrell he had not committed an offence and he had no reason to arrest him.

The garda said he told Farrell to calm down and leave the area.

Gda Rogers said when Farrell left the station he jumped up on the bonnet of a patrol car and kicked the windscreen, causing €267 worth of damage.

The court heard Farrell, with an address at Ardeevin Guesthouse in Swords, has three previous convictions, which date back nearly a decade.

Defence lawyer Annette Kealy said Farrell has had a particularly tragic and traumatic life.

She said Farrell's mother committed suicide five years ago and he has struggled to cope with her loss.

On the day in question, Farrell believed he would be "better off in prison than where he was", said Ms Kealy.

She said Farrell was under great stress and pressure, and his perception was that the garda wasn't being very helpful.

Ms Kealy said Farrell is "steadier" now. He is completing a horticultural course and working with the Fr Peter McVerry Trust.

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