Enniskillen man exposed himself on busy road bridge

Johnston Bridge

The man was found on Johnston Bridge in Enniskillen.

A 53-year-old man, found in broad daylight with his trousers and underwear around his ankles close to a primary school, has been jailed for six months.
Kieran Kelly of Derrin Park in Enniskillen appeared before Enniskillen Magistrates Court on Monday for sentencing. The court heard that at 6.25pm on November 3rd last, police were called to Moonie’s Chippy on Darling Street in Enniskillen to reports of an abusive male. Kelly had assaulted a male and female outside the premises. The man was shoved in the back and Kelly told him: “You black n*****, I’ll be back to smash your windows” while the woman was poked in the right forearm and shoved in the shoulder. Kelly was charged with two counts of assault and one of threatening to damage property.
In another incident at 7pm on December 29th, police went to the defendant’s address following reports that he had been self-harming. They found Kelly uninjured but “extremely intoxicated” and he told them that he was depressed and needed help.
An ambulance was called but when it arrived he refused to get in before becoming abusive and aggressive towards the two police constables in attendance. Kelly was arrested and had to be lifted into the police car which he then spat in and swung at the officers.
The vehicle had to be deep-cleaned at cost of £85.60. On this occasion, Kelly was charged with disorderly behaviour, criminal damage and two assaults.
The court was also told that a woman had contacted police at 7pm on January 21st this year after she observed Kelly behaving indecently by standing on the Johnston Bridge on Cornagrade Road with his trousers and underwear down while also holding a nappy.
The woman was said to have been left very distressed and upset by the incident as it took place close to a local primary school and housing estate.
The court heard that on each occasion when the defendant was arrested and questioned by police, he told them that he couldn’t remember anything.
Defence barrister Steffan Rafferty said it was quite clear that his client was “a sad case and no stranger to the court”.
“His behaviour is classic of a man who suffers from the effects of alcohol and mental health issues. Alcoholism is a key feature in all of his offending.”
District Judge Nigel Broderick said the assault outside the chippy had been “a hate crime, adding that Kelly was “a violent alcoholic who inflicts violent acts on the community”
Mr Rafferty said his client had a “tendency to pester people and be a nuisance but not excessively violent”, adding that he bears no ill-will towards anyone.
The judge warned Kelly: “You have a lengthy record and sadly you can’t seem to overcome your addiction to alcohol that leads to violent actions. Unless you break that cycle, sadly you will spend your life in and out of prison”.

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