A JUDGE told a Ballymena man who was disorderly at Antrim Area Hospital that courts often jail people for such behaviour but he was going to give him a “chance”.
District Judge Nigel Broderick was speaking to Jackie Morgan (32), of Ballyclug Mews, who committed offences last November.
The defendant admitted charges of assaulting a man in Ballymena and being disorderly at Antrim Area Hospital.
He committed offences in mid-November.
The court heard the defendant had a record.
A prosecutor said that around midnight on the date in question police were tasked to an address in the Ballymena area after a man said he had been assaulted by Morgan.
It was alleged that the defendant had originally refused to leave a property and the injured party was slapped on the cheek.
Morgan was located outside.
Morgan had to go to Antrim Area Hospital where he was “swearing and shouting” in the waiting area and had to be warned about his behaviour.
Defence solicitor Emma McCann said the defendant had stayed out of trouble for around a decade and showed remorse for the latest offending.
She said it was not surprising that there had been “drink involved” in the November incidents.
Judge Broderick said: “On a regular basis the courts send people to prison if they behave inappropriately especially in a hospital setting”.
He added that “not without some hesitation” he was going to give the defendant a chance to address issues and put him on Probation for a year.