Suspended sentence for ‘despicable’ behaviour in hospital

A judge has told a man who urinated on a hospital bed and spat at medical staff his behaviour was ‘despicable’.

Friday, 6th September 2019, 11:06 am

Brian Gardiner, of Bridge Street, admitted assaulting police, criminal damage and obstructing police on July 2.

Derry Magistrate’s Court heard that police were called to a fight in Foyle Street and spoke to the 27-year-old defendant.

He was in breach of a curfew at the time and Gardiner refused to provide a sample of breath.

The court heard he was ‘aggressive’, gave police several different identities and struck two officers.

Gardiner was taken to Altnagelvin Hospital due to a head injury and while there he tried to spit at police and staff. He also spat on hospital equipment and urinated on a bed.

Defence counsel Eoghan Devlin said his client had been assaulted prior to the arrival of the police.

Deputy District Judge Laura Ievers suspended a four month sentence for 18 months.