Threatened to kill doctor


A woman who threatened a doctor in Altnagelvin Hospital has been given probation after judge described it ‘as an exceptional case.’

Margaret McIvor (54) from River Court, Derry admitted a charge of threat to kill charge and one of disorderly behaviour on June 13.

The court heard that McIvor had been reported missing but when she was found she was taken to hospital. While she was being treated McIvor was described as being ‘polite and helpful’ but when she was finished she approached the doctor who had treated her and shouted into his face.

She said: “I am going to remember your face for the rest of my life, I am going to kill you.,”

Defence barrister Mr. Paul Kearney said his client was ‘under no illusions’ as to the view taken by the court over such incidents.

He said that McIvor had issues but was now engaging with agencies to deal with these.

Deputy District Judge Peter King said it was obvious the defendant was benefiting from ongoing support she was receiving.

He said the more support she received the less chance she would be back in court.

He sentenced her to 12 months probation