Man who had taken ‘vast quantity of pills’ spat at police at hospital

A MAN who had taken a “vast quantity of pills” was conveyed to hospital by police but he lashed out and spat at police, Ballymena Magistrates Court was told.

Christopher Charles O’Reilly (29), of no fixed abode in Derry/Londonderry, was being sentenced for charges of assaulting and resisting police officers and assaulting a man.

A prosecutor said police attended a Ballymena address on September 17 last year. A man arrived home from work at 8.15am and located the defendant asleep at a kitchen table.

When he awakened O’Reilly the defendant became aggressive and grabbed the victim.

When arrested O’Reilly attempted to escape from a moving police vehicle and had to be restrained.

Upon arrival at a police station he kicked out at officers and threatened to headbutt them.

Due to his “intoxication” O’Reilly was taken to hospital and admitted he consumed a “vast quantity of pills”.

In the hospital he was swearing, lashing out and spitting at officers, “requiring a pillow to be placed in front of his head while a face guard could be put on him,” a prosecutor said.

The defendant appeared before court via video link from prison.

A defence barrister said thankfully there had been “no injuries of significance” to police officers.

He said the roots of the offending lay in “drugs misuse” but O’Reilly was “highly motivated” to address his issues.

District Judge Nigel Broderick said it had been a “nasty enough incident involving spitting” and jailed O’Reilly for three months.

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