Derry Court: Seven months jail for disorderly behaviour at Altnagelvin

Derry's Courthouse on Bishop Street. 3003JM66
Derry's Courthouse on Bishop Street. 3003JM66

A man who was disorderly in Altnagelvin Hospital has been jailed for seven months.

Gerard Patrick Mullan, of Glenowen Park, pleaded guilty to disorderly behaviour on October 27.

He also admitted burglary and theft offences committed a month later.

Derry Magistrates Court heard police were on patrol in the city centre when they saw Mullan lying on a pavement in an extremely intoxicated state.

The 29-year-old was taken to Altnagelvin Hospital for treatment.

A short time later police received a call about an abusive patient.

Mullan was shouting at hospital staff and telling them to ‘f*** off’.

They asked police to remove Mullan as he did not require any further treatment and the 29-year-old said ‘you have to treat me it’s your f****** job’.

He then called a police officer a ‘black b******’.

In November Mullan stole a case of whiskey, worth £150, from Tesco. He also went under tarpaulin covering a mobile phone accessories kiosk and stole money from a till.

During police interview, he claimed he couldn’t remember the events because he had taken medication and consumed alcohol.

Defence counsel Stephen Chapman said his client is an alcoholic and started offending when he started consuming alcohol.

He added Mullan ‘is not someone who commits offences when he is sober’.

Jailing the 29-year-old, District Judge Barney McElholm said he is ‘an inveterate and recidivist offender with 67 previous convictions.’

He added that his attitude about disorderly behaviour in the hospital is ‘well enough known’.