Suspended sentence for hospital disorderly

The courthouse at Bishop Street, Derry.
The courthouse at Bishop Street, Derry.

A man was disorderly in Altnagelvin Hospital as a result of a ‘drug induced psychosis’, a court has heard.

Jake Boyd, of Chapel Road, pleaded guilty to disorderly behaviour, assaulting and resisting police, and criminal damage.

The charges relate to an incident at Altnagelvin Hospital on February 20.

Derry Magistrates Court heard police were called to the hospital because the 22-year-old was ‘shouting and swearing’.

He told officers ‘I don’t give a f*** what you do to me’ and was moved into a cubicle because of his behaviour.

The court was told there were a number of elderly people and children in the waiting area at the time.

He continued to be abusive and was arrested.

As Boyd was taken into a police car he spat in the interior. The car had to be deep cleaned at a cost of £89.

Defence counsel Stephen Chapman said the facts of this case don’t ‘cover Boyd in glory’.

He told the court the 22-year-old had gone out to celebrate getting a job after a period of unemployment and took mephedrone.

A couple of days afterwards, the 22-year-old’s mother was concerned about his ‘erratic behaviour’ and he went to hospital to be assessed.

The barrister revealed to the court Boyd then spent ten days in Gransha Hospital as a result of drug induced psychosis.

He said Boyd’s behaviour in Altnagelvin was ‘out of character and he is not the sort of person to indulge in this type of behaviour’.

Suspending a three month jail term for three years, District Judge Barney McElholm said ‘these type of offences are viewed as very serious and normally attract an immediate custodial sentence’.

He also ordered Boyd to complete 140 hours community service and to pay £150 to the Friends of Altnagelvin.