Retired Garda’s son fined and threatened with jail

A retired Garda’s son, who hopes for a future as a professional rugby player or coach, was warned by a judge yesterday that if he appears before him again he will go to jail for a long time..

19-year-old  Darrath Farragher was fined €400 when he admitted disorderly conduct.

The court heard that last March 6 gardai were called to deal with a row among a number of youths at the Diamond Grill, Donegal town, and Farragher lashed out and grabbed one man by the face and punched him twice. Inspector Sylvie Henry said there was no complaint by the injured man.

The Inspector recalled previous convictions on Farragher which included assault on a police officer and obstructing him in the execution of his duty.

At a September court sitting Farragher was fined €1,300 for his earlier offences and paid €3,500 compensation and medical expenses to a young man assaulted by him when he broke his two front teeth.

Yesterday Inspector Henry said there were no further charges pending against Farragher who had not been in trouble recently.

Farragher told the judge he was still a student at Carlow Institute of Technology.

Earlier courts were told he was one of 25 successful applicants out of 800 for a place on the Irish Rugby Football Union’s development programme for Leinster.