Three months in jail for abusing pharmacy staff

A man who was abusive to pharmacy staff has been jailed for three months.

Patrick Stokes, whose address was given on court papers as Bonds Hill, pleaded guilty to disorderly behaviour on December 20, last year.

Derry Magistrates Court heard the 21-year-old went to Murphy’s Chemist, in the Spencer Road area of the Waterside, despite being barred for abusive behaviour.

Stokes was well known to staff in the pharmacy because he went there regularly to collect prescriptions.

The court heard the 21-year-old was asked to leave by the staff and he became ‘very aggressive and abusive’.

Stokes refused to leave and shouted ‘f*** off you b*******’.

He continued to verbally abuse the staff before leaving and banging on the windows.

Defence solicitor Seamus Quigley told the court his client is currently serving a prison sentence and is not due for release until June.

He said that the 21-year-old had been released on licence and he breached it by committing these offences.

Jailing Stokes, District Judge Barney McElholm warned him: “If he goes back to this particular pharmacy and does the same thing again he will go to prison for the maximum of six months”.