Suspended sentence for hospital disorderly

Bishop street Courthouse
Bishop street Courthouse

A man who shouted obscenities in Altnagelvin Hospital and was refused treatment has received a suspended sentence.

Ryan Christopher Miller, of Clareen Drive, Strathfoyle, pleaded guilty to disorderly behaviour in the hospital on March 25.

He also admitted resisting police.

Derry Magistrates Court heard police arrested the 23-year-old for an unrelated matter.

He had cuts on his arms and was taken to the hospital by ambulance for treatment.

Miller became ‘highly volatile’ and began shouting obscenities in front of staff and patients, including children.

Police attempted to restrain him but he continued shouting.

Hospital staff refused to treat the defendant any further and he was removed.

Sentencing had been deferred from August last year to allow Miller to engage with addiction services.

He was warned at the time he must not commit any further offences and ordered to save compensation.

It was confirmed to the court the 23-year-old had not got into any further trouble during the period of deferral.

District Judge Barney McElholm suspended a five month sentence for two years and ordered Miller to spend 12 months on probation.

As part of the probation order the 23-year-old must engage in a drug and alcohol treatment programme.

The judge also ordered him to pay £250 compensation to the Friends of Altnagelvin.