Man jailed for four months for being disorderly

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A man who was abusive to hospital and police in Altnagelvin Hospital has been jailed for four months.

Patrick James Anthony Farren, of Stoneburn Place, pleaded guilty to disorderly behaviour on October 3.

The 52-year-old has 178 previous convictions, including 91 for disorderly behaviour and public order offences.

Derry Magistrates Court heard Farren called the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service and said he was feeling suicidal and had a knife in his possession.

Police attended his home address and handcuffed the 52-year-old for safety reasons.

He was highly intoxicated and told police he ‘felt like life wasn’t worth living’.

Police went with Farren in an ambulance and he began making vulgar comments.

He also began to make ‘loud shooting noises’,

When the 52-year-old arrived at the hospital he told hospital staff and police to ‘f*** off’.

He also said the officers ‘wouldn’t have the balls to shoot him’.

Defence solicitor Eugene Burns said his client was in ‘a distressed and emotional state’ at the time.

He said Farren realises his behaviour was ‘unacceptable’ and that police and hospital staff were trying to help him.

Jailing the 52-year-old, District Judge Barney McElholm said the defendant ‘has been warned before this sort of behaviour in the hospital will not be tolerated’.