Hospital disorderly ‘unacceptable’

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A deaf woman who was disorderly in Altnagelvin Hospital has been told her behaviour was ‘unacceptable’.

Caroline Porter, of Sheriff’s Glen, pleaded guilty to assault on police and disorderly behaviour on March 3.

Derry Magistrates Court heard that police were called to the accident and emergency department because the ward sister was having “on-going difficulties” with 33-year-old Porter.

She claimed there had been disorderly behaviour on the premises for a “number of hours” and asked police to remove Porter because hospital staff did not wish to treat her.

Police had to physically remove the 33-year-old from the hospital and she struck out at police numerous times with her fist.

Defence solicitor Paddy MacDermott told the court his client had consumed alcohol on this night and is “thoroughly ashamed of herself”.

Fining Porter £300, Deputy District Judge Austin Kennedy said this sort of behaviour in the hospital is “unacceptable” and “cannot be tolerated”.

He warned the 33-year-old if this happened again she would be in “serious risk of custody”.