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Fine for man who admitted begging charge

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: February 16, 2014

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A 46-YEAR-old Burton man who was found in the ladies’ toilets at Burton Railway Station has been fined.

Timothy O’Farrell admitted a string of offences committed at the station last summer when he appeared before magistrates.

He pleaded guilty to begging on August 2, while two days later he admitted being abusive towards station staff, Burton Magistrates Court was told.

O’Farrell, of Beaconsfield Road, was asked to leave the station after a plain-clothes officer spotted him spotted smoking on the station’s platform.

Helen Newport, prosecuting, told the court: “At this point he was in full view of the public who appeared to be concerned about his language and behaviour.”

Then, on August 19, O’Farrell and another man were again asked to leave the station after they were spotted entering the female toilets.

O’Farrell voiced his displeasure at being hauled before magistrates several times during his case.

Sonia Lawrence, defending, told the court her client felt persecuted as charges had only been brought against him, and not the other man.

She said: “As you can see, Mr O’Farrell is very unhappy that he has been brought to court when it is clear that he was not alone on several of the occasions.

“We can’t answer for why the British Transport Police have only proceeding against him, but he feels persecuted.”

Mrs Lawrence added: “All of these cases happened between August 2 and August 19.

“It has taken a considerable amount of time for this to get to court.”

She also asked the magistrates to give O’Farrell credit for his guilty pleas.

Presiding magistrate Christine Warburton ordered O’Farrell to pay £320 in fines, costs and a victim surcharge.

The amount will now be deducted from O’Farrell’s benefit payments.

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