Ballymena Court is told man swore in front of staff and patients at hospital

A MAN who was disorderly at hospital has been given a four months jail term, suspended for a year, at Ballymena Magistrates Court.

James McMahon (25), with an address listed as Church Street in Portstewart, came to police attention at a Simon Community at 12.30am on November 3, 2018, following a report of a male being aggressive towards staff.

He was heavily under the influence and after being assessed by paramedics at the scene he became “distressed” inside an ambulance and police escorted the vehicle to hospital.

At the hospital the defendant was taken to triage and began to swear in front of staff, patients and members of the public and after being warned by police about his behaviour was moved to a room a short distance away but he continued to swear and shout.

On September 9 this year police attended the Simon Community in Ballymena in relation to a report that a resident was causing damage to the building.

Police saw McMahon shouting at staff who told police that earlier McMahon had been aggressive and had punched out and damaged a picture hanging on a wall.

Defence solicitor Garrett Greene said the defendant’s lifestyle “revolves around different types of hostel accommodation”.

He said there had been a quite positive probation report.

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