Jailed for hospital disorderly

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A 22 year-old man who assaulted police in Altnagelvin Hospital after attending with a man who had slashed his wrists has been jailed for three months.

Edward Doherty, of Burnside Manor, pleaded guilty to assault on police and disorderly behaviour on July 9, 2014.

Derry Magistrates Court heard Doherty to hospital with a man who had slashed his wrists with a bottle.

When police went to arrest this man Doherty intervened and attempted to push a police officer through double doors into a hospital corridor.

A violent struggle ensued and the 22-year-old kicked out at the officers.

The Ward Sister spoke to Doherty and told him that ‘his behaviour was disgusting as there were sick children there and she was appalled by what had occurred’.

Defence counsel Nicola Coulter said that her client had been out drinking with a ‘negative peer group’ at a GAA club and when one of the men in the group slashed his wrists with a broken bottle, nobody else was ‘willing or able’ to go in the ambulance with him that next morning.

Ms Coulter said that Doherty was ‘embarrassed by his behaviour’ and ‘expressed regret’ about the effect it had on the hospital staff, patients and the police.

She added: “He bumped into the injured party on the street and approached the officer and made an apology, which was accepted.”

Deputy District Judge Seán O’Hare said the 22-year-old had a ‘completely clean record’ and accepted his behaviour was ‘out of character’.

However, he said that Doherty had ‘volunteered to put himself in this position, had decided to get involved and behaved in such a disgraceful manner’.

Deputy District O’Hare said that because the incident had ‘occurred in a hospital, the starting point has to be immediate custody’.

Doherty was jailed for three months.