Woman who assaulted paramedic receives suspended sentence

Derry's Courthouse on Bishop Street. 3003JM66
Derry's Courthouse on Bishop Street. 3003JM66
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A hospital employee who assaulted a paramedic has received a suspended sentence.

Aisling Smith, of Crosserlough, co. Cavan, pleaded guilty to one charge of common assault on January 10.

Derry Magistrates Court heard the 24-year-old, whois employed as a porter in Cavan General Hospital, was taken to Strand Road Police Station after she was found lying on the street.

While in the enquiry office, Smith climbed on a desk and fell off.

An ambulance was called because there were fears Smith had sustained a head injury.

The 24-year-old was receiving treatment from a paramedic when she slapped him on the face two times.

Defence solicitor Seamus Quigley told the court his client was in the city visting her boyfriend and on this night consumed too much alcohol.

He said Smith has absolutely no memory of the incident and ‘apologises profusely for her behaviour’.

District Judge Barney McElholm suspended a two month sentence for 18 months.

He also ordered the 24-year-old to pay £200 compensation to the paramedic.