Man with over 100 convictions jailed after incident on Grand Parade 

Man with over 100 convictions jailed after incident on Grand Parade 
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A man with over 100 criminal convictions who was barred from Hillbilly’s fast food outlet on Grand Parade spat at an off-duty security man outside the premises and today he was jailed.

An assault charge was withdrawn in the case but Sergeant John Kelleher said that 30-year-old Abukar Farah who was living in an apartment at Charlemont Terrace, Wellington Road, Cork, was prosecuted for engaging in threatening behaviour and being drunk and a danger arising out of the incident.

Farah pleaded guilty to both of those charges and he was sentenced to two months in jail by Judge Olann Kelleher at Cork District Court after he pleaded guilty to the charges.

Sgt. Kelleher said the accused had 103 previous convictions including 21 counts of being drunk and a danger and ten for engaging in threatening behaviour.

Sgt. Kelleher said that the height of the incident at Hillbilly’s at 1.40am on August 17 last year he spat twice at an off-duty member of the security staff.

“He was shouting at the security man saying, ‘You fat f***ing bastard, f*** you, you’re a fat bastard’. 

He was highly intoxicated,” Sgt. Kelleher said, adding that Farah had been barred from the premises as a result an earlier incident.

Judge Olann Kelleher said, “I don’t know what he intends doing with the rest of his life but he has over a hundred convictions. It is a matter for himself. If he continues he will be months and months in prison (until he changes his behaviour.” 

Frank Buttimer, solicitor, said the Somalian had been living in Ireland for the past 13 years but had alcohol problems. Mr Buttimer said the 30-year-old cooperated with the garda investigation and pleaded guilty. He was already serving a sentence totalling ten months.

Mr Buttimer said, “There was an assault allegation but that was withdrawn last week. Whatever led up to this ontoward event may not have been Mr Farah’s fault which would have been evidenced by CCTV that became available. He (the accused) became angry with the individual. Something caused him to have some level of grievance.

“He should have gone through proper channels (about his grievance). He did not do so because of alcohol which clouded his judgement.

“He remained angry when the gardaí arrived but his ire was not directed at the gardaí. His misbehaviour was not directed at them.”

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