‘Spoilt Brat’ budding rugby star escapes jail sentence

A budding rugby star, the son of a retired garda, was fined a total of €1,300 today(Mon) after storms forced a court switch for his prison van.

Darragh Farragher, 19, who was remanded in custody to St Patrick’s Institution in Dublin last week, was due back for sentence at Donegal District Court today.

When his case was called first on the list Inspector Dennis Joyce told Judge Kevin Kilrane that it would take a considerable time before the prisoner and his escort were present as they were travelling from Dublin.

Judge Kilrane, who had a short list of civil and family law matters in Donegal, said he would hold a special sitting later in the afternoon at Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim.

The switch to Co. Leitrim, where the judge lives, meant cutting the journey from the prison in today’s atrocious weather by 120 kilometres.

The judge told Farragher, who he described as a spoilt brat last week, that he was very lucky that he wasn’t being sentenced to a jail term for his offences. They included assault, obstruction of Garda Sergeant David Durkan in the execution of his duty, and breaches of the peace when he lunged at people leaving a night-club and pepper spray was used by gardai against him.

Instead, he was freed and fined a total of €1,300.

Farragher, of Finadoose, Donegal town, had already paid €3,500 in compensation and medical expenses to Darragh Sweeney for breaking his two front teeth and causing him to have 13 mouth stitches in an assault.

The court heard that Farragher was at Carlow Institute of Technology on the Irish Rugby Football Union’s development programme for Leinster.