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Man guilty of using abusive behaviour while driving naked from the waist down

CourtsBy Shuki Byrne
Farrell admitted to using insulting language and abusive behaviour
Farrell admitted to using insulting language and abusive behaviour

A 62-year-old man has avoided jail after pleading guilty to three offences of using threatening, abusive and insulting behaviour while driving while naked from the waist down.

Sean Farrell of Rathangan admitted to using insulting language and abusive behaviour at two locations in Kildare town in February and March of last year. 

Naas District Court heard that Farrell was naked from the waist down where women could see him on 19 March. The women believed the 62-year-old had been masturbating at the time. 

The court heard the three offences regarding indecency had been withdrawn by the State after the court had found the indecency legislation to be unconstitutional.

In February Farrell was observed by a woman who was out walking with a buggy. 

The following month he was driving past a group of women and then later drove past the same women at another location.

A probation report stated he has a persistent urinary tract condition which may have given credence to Farrell's explanation that he had soiled himself. 

However, the report did not state that Farrell suffered from erectile dysfunction due to a heart condition and hadn't been masturbating at the time. 

His solicitor told the court his client explanation was that he had been drying himself at the time and that was why he was naked from the waist down.

Judge Desmond Zaidan told Farrell he was making him the subject of a probation bond which would keep him under supervision by the authorities for some time. 

His solicitor said: "Mr Farrell is going to keep his trousers on when he is in public in future, or so I am assured".