Thursday 14 December 2017

Man (69) who drove car into Trinity gates pleads insanity

(stock photo)
(stock photo)

Jessica McGee

A man accused of ramming his car through the front gates of Trinity College has pleaded not guilty to criminal damage and road traffic offences by reason of insanity at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

John Farrell (69), of Fassaugh Road, Cabra, Dublin, caused over €33,000 worth of damage when he went on a rampage through Trinity and the city centre at around 6am on April 2, 2014.

The main cost of the damage went towards replacing the college's 18th-century wooden entrance gates, which were effectively destroyed when Mr Farrell smashed his Mercedes through them.

A consultant psychiatrist at the Central Mental Hospital in Dundrum said Mr Farrell had an underlying condition of bipolar disorder and a pre-existing history of hyper-mania. The psychiatrist said he believed that Mr Farrell's behaviour on the day satisfied the legal definition of insanity.

Judge Patricia Ryan is due to deliver her charge to the jury of three women and nine men today.

Irish Independent

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