Former Psychiatric Nurse Jailed For Hospital Assault

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A former psychiatric nurse who received just over £100,000 in compensation four years ago for serious head injuries he sustained in a road traffic accident, was yesterday jailed for four months at the Magistrate’s Court in Derry for assaulting medical staff and a police officer in Altnagelvin Hospital’s A & E department last week.

Paddy McCrossan, 36, of no fixed abode, admitted assaulting a female doctor as well as a male nurse and a police officer in the hospital on February 12.

The Court was told that McCrossan swung a punch at the doctor and punched the nurse who came to the doctor’s assistance. He also shouted sectarian abuse at the medical staff and later assaulted one of the police officers who were called to the scene.

Defence solicitor Seamus Quigley said McCrossan, who has a lengthy criminal record, was now a homeless street drinker.

“He received just over £100,000 for the serious injuries he suffered as a passenger in the car crash but he has spent almost all of the money on alcohol. He has developed epilepsy since the accident and on the night in question he was taken to hospital for treatment by ambulance staff after he’d suffered an epileptic fit in the city centre. He has now reached rock bottom”, he said.

Jailing McCrossan for four months, District Judge Barney McElholm described his behaviour as “intolerable and outrageous”.