Suspended jail term for hospital disorderly

A man who called nurses at the accident and emergency department “p****s” has received a suspended jail term.

Alan Heath, of Kingsmere Gardens, pleaded guilty to disorderly behaviour at Altnagelvin Hospital on September 9, last year.

Derry Magistrates Court heard that nurses in the accident and emergency department approached police officers to report that the 25-year-old was being “extremely aggressive” in the triage area.

Heath was extremely drunk and told officers to “f*** off you b*******” when they warned him about his behaviour.

The court heard he continued to shout and said “they are f****** p****s them nurses, I am f****** sick”.

Police officers led him out of the area as there were children and other sick people waiting to be seen and advised him to calm down.

However, Heath continued to be aggressive.

Defence solicitor Keith Kyle told the court the 25-year-old is “fully aware the court takes a dim view of this sort of behaviour in the hospital”.

He said Heath was verbally aggressive rather than physical with either the nursing staff or police.

Mr Kyle added that the large quantity of alcohol his client had consumed “doesn’t justify his behaviour but is an explanation for it”.

The solicitor said Heath realised alcohol was a problem for him and has not consumed any alcohol since January.

Suspending a two month jail term for 18 months, District Judge Barney McElholm also ordered Heath to pay £250 compensation to the Friends of Altnagelvin.