Tears as footballer gets three months

A ‘promising footballer’ who racially abused a doctor and made comments about the death of a police officer wept in court as he was jailed.

Jordan Hazlett, of Shearwater Way, pleaded guilty to disorderly behaviour in Altnagelvin Hospital on May 3. The 18-year-old also admitted a further charge of disorderly behaviour in February this year.

In both incidents the teenager made comments about the death of Constable Philippa Reynolds. The 27-year-old police officer was killed when a stolen 4x4 crashed into an unmarked police car she was travelling in.

Derry Magistrates Court heard that in February police called to an address in Shepherds Glen to search for a female. Hazlett was in the house and was intoxicated.

Officers were waiting outside the house and the 18-year-old approached their car and ‘made reference to the death of Constable Philippa Reynolds in a derogatory manner’.

In May, Hazlett was arrested in the hospital after being abusive to staff. He also racially abused a doctor and called him a ‘motherf*****’.

Following his arrest the teen made further reference to the death of Constable Reynolds.

He was intoxicated on both occasions and it was revealed to the court Hazlett drinks a litre of vodka every day.

Defence solicitor Paddy MacDermott said his client is a ‘promising footballer’ who has a contract with Limavady United and is hoping to get a contract with Linfield in the future.

He told the court Hazlett’s behaviour was ‘quite disgraceful’ and the teen knows it was ‘totally unacceptable’.

Jailing the 18-year-old, District Judge Barney McElholm said “his remarks about Constable Reynolds and behaviour towards medical staff was totally unforgiveable”.

However, the judge agreed to release Hazlett on bail pending appeal of the sentence.

Hazlett was released on his own bail of £500 and banned from consuming alcohol. He was also ordered to abide by a curfew and was banned from entering the grounds of the hospital unless he is brought there in a medical emergency.