Man spat in official’s face - court told

A man has been charged with spitting at a court official during an alleged incident in Bishop Street Courthouse.

Miguel Angelo Ferreira Ramos, of Heron Way, is charged with common assault, disorderly behaviour and criminal damage on September 3.

The 38-year-old is further charged with disorderly behaviour, assault and criminal damage. They relate to an incident in Altnagelvin Hospital in August.

Derry Magistrates Court heard that Ramos was in the courthouse on Tuesday when he became agitated. He allegedly began shouting at people in the waiting area and when he was asked to calm down spat in the court official’s face.

The court heard Ramos was arrested by police and on the way to the station he allegedly continued to spit inside the police car.

Opposing bail, an investigating officer told the court Ramos was in breach of bail conditions imposed in relation to an alleged incident in Altnagelvin Hospital. 
He told the court this incident was “almost identical” to the one in the courthouse, where it is alleged the 38-year-old was spitting and being abusive to medical staff.

The officer also opposed bail for fear of further offences.

Defence solicitor Seamus Quigley told the court his client has a “severe drink problem” but he has attempted to do something about this in recent weeks.

Ramos was released on his own bail of £500 and banned from consuming alcohol and non-prescribed drugs. District Judge Barney McElholm also banned the 38-year-old from Altnagelvin Hospital unless he is brought there in a medical emergency and ordered him to abide by a curfew.

Ramos will appear in court again on October 18.