59-year-old woman assaulted nurse

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A woman who assaulted a nurse in Altnagelvin Hospital has received a suspended sentence.

Marie Kennedy, of Eskaheen View, pleaded guilty to common assault and disorderly behaviour in the hospital on August 3, last year.

Derry Magistrates Court heard the 59-year-old contacted police to say she was feeling suicidal.

She was taken to Altnagelvin Hospital and began using offensive language.

The court heard as she was receiving treatment Kennedy raised her arms and said she sould be allowed oustide for a smoke. As a nurse went to give the 59-year-old an injection she pushed her and grabbed her by the arm.

The nurse sustained a four inch red mark to her forearm.

During police interview, Kennedy said she had been drinking ‘high strength’ beer and was ‘feeling depressed’.

She apologized for her behaviour and claimed she was afraid of needles and always turned away when she was getting an injection.

Defence solicitor Leonie Keegan told the court her client has problems with alcohol and depression, but is receiving help from the community addiction team.

She added that Kennedy cant remember anything that happened in the hospital.

District Judge Barney McElholm suspended a four month sentence for two years. He also ordered Kennedy to complete 120 hours community service and to pay £200 compensation to the nurse.