Judge jails “spoiled brat” rugby star

A budding rugby star, the son of a retired garda, was ordered to jail yesterday by a judge who called him a spoiled brat.

A budding rugby star, the son of a retired garda, was ordered to jail yesterday by a judge who called him a spoiled brat.

Six-foot Darragh Farragher, 19, was remanded in custody to St Patrick’s Institution for five days by Judge Kevin Kilrane while he considers what punishment to deliver.

The judge recalled that while awaiting sentence for serious assault and obstruction, which Farragher admitted, he continued to become involved in trouble.

Donegal District Court was told that Farragher was hoping for a future as a professional rugby player or a coach but got into trouble when he drunk infrequently.,

Judge Kilrane said Farragher could go to jail for longer if he wasn’t impressed with his “contrition” by next Monday.

The judge recalled that in July last year Farragher assaulted Darragh Sweeney and broke two front teeth and caused lacerations that required 13 stitches

While before the courts on that matter Farragher last May 29 engaged in violent behaviour when he lunged at patrons exiting a club premises in Donegal town.

Judge Kilrane added: “That didn’t end it. In July, some days after pleading guilty to very serious charges, he causes a fracas to such an extent that gardai had to use pepper spray on him.”

The judge added: “He is a spoilt brat. He must be stopped.”

Sgt David Durkan told the court how on one occasion, last July 21, a “situation developed” when Farragher was removed from a scene but returned when gardai were dealing with a crowd and he tried push them and an incapacity spray had to be used to calm the situation.

Farragher told the court how he was “messing” with a friend on the Diamond in Donegal town and gardai thought they were fighting and took the other party away. He added: “I went and told them it wasn’t serious but I was perhaps more aggressive than I should have been.”

The earlier hearing in July ordered Farragher to pay compensation of €3,500 as well as medical expenses to Darragh Sweeney when he required crowns for his broken teeth.

At that stage Judge Kilrane adjourned the case for a probation report and said then he was considering, depending on the contents of the report, ordering Farragher to do 240 hours community service or be imprisoned for four months.

The judge said yesterday that after the continued misbehaviour he needed more time to consider what sentence he should impose and meantime Farragher was to be remanded in custody until next Monday.

The judge said: “The defendant knows better than anyone the difficulty gardai have with their jobs in dealing with public order. He is spoiled rotten. He believes because of the employment of his father that he has a special dispensation.”

The court heard that Farragher, of Finadoose, Donegal town, was deeply involved in sport in the community, being a member of a rugby club and a hurling team in the town.

He was also a student at Carlow Institute of Technology where he was one of 25 successful applicants out of 800 for a place on the Irish Rugby Football Union’s development programme for Leinster.