Woman assaulted nursing assistant

Derry's Courthouse on Bishop Street. 3003JM66
Derry's Courthouse on Bishop Street. 3003JM66

A judge has deferred the sentencing of a woman who assaulted a nursing assistant in Gransha Hospital.

District Judge Peter King adjourned the sentencing of 28-year-old Amanda Hegarty for three months.

Hegarty, of Rossdowney Avenue, pleaded guilty to common assault and criminal damage on September 11, last year.

Derry Magistrate’s Court heard Hegarty was an in-patient in a ‘facility for people with challenging behaviour’.

There was an argument between the 28-year-old and the nursing assistant.

Hegarty told the injured party ‘you are no f****** nurse. You need to learn some f****** manners’.

The 28-year-old pushed the nursing assistant on the shoulders, causing her to bang into a wall.

The court also heard that Hegarty sprayed an aerosol at the injured party.

Another nurse had to intervene and they locked themselves in a nursing station.

A short time later Hegarty appeared with a glass observation panel which she smashed on the wall.

The nurses feared she would use this to harm herself and managed to get it off her.

During police interview, the 28-year-old said she had not been taking her medication at the time.

The court was told that the injured party was off work for a time suffering with back and neck pain as a result of the incident.

Defence solicitor Mark Reid told the court his client has met with the nursing assistant and apologised for her behaviour.

He said it was ‘out of character’ for Hegarty and linked to her medication.

The solicitor added that the 28-year-old ‘deeply regrets her behaviour’ and recognises how serious it is.

Deferring the sentence, District Judge Peter King said it is ‘quite clear when her medication issues have been resolved, her behavioural issues has also been resolved’.

He warned Hegarty to stay out of trouble for the next three months and the court can deal with her case ‘in a way that supports you’.

The 28-year-old will appear in court again on August 7.