Jailed for disorderly

Bishop street Courthouse
Bishop street Courthouse

A man who used disorderly behaviour in an ‘over filled’ accident and emergency department has been jailed for four months.

Gerard Mullan, whose address was given on court papers as Glenowen Park, pleaded guilty to a total of seven driving offences, including driving with excess alcohol on July 30, 2013.

He also admitted disorderly behaviour in Altnagelvin Hospital on the same date.

The 29-year-old pleaded guilty to further charges of possessing an offensive weapon and assaulting and resisting police relating to an incident in the Waterside on April 14, last year.

Derry Magistrates Court heard Mullan and another man took a woman’s car from outside her home. It crashed short time later on the Mullenan Road and police arrested both men.

They were suspected of drink driving and both men had to be taken to hospital for treatment.

The court was told while he was in the hospital Mullan began shouting and swearing.

The waiting room was ‘over filled’ at the time because of flooding in Letterkenny Hospital.

A breath test gave a reading of 95mg of alcohol in 100ml of breath.

In April last year, police were called to Clooney Terrace because Mullan was bare chested and holding a metal bar behind his back.

He was lashed out violently at police and began shouting and swearing at members of the public.

During interview, the 29-year-old said he had just been released from Gransha and couldn’t remember anything.

Defence solicitor Seamus Quigley told the court his client is ‘ashamed of his behaviour’ in the hospital.

District Judge Barney McElholm also fined Mullan £375.