Man is jailed for five months for spitting in police officer’s face at hospital

Antrim Area Hospital

A man who spat in a police officer’s face and was disorderly at Antrim Area Hospital has been jailed for five months.

Gerard Gillan (20), of Valiant Court, Antrim, committed the offences on May 31 this year, Ballymena Magistrates Court was told.

Police had arrested Gillan in the Orkney Street area of Antrim around 11.15pm on the date in question and after being taken to Antrim Hospital he was acting erratically and attempted to run off down a corridor.

The defendant was shouting and spat in the face of a police officer and also kicked him in the stomach.

The defendant, who appeared before the court via video link from Hydebank prison, pleaded guilty to charges of disorderly behaviour and assault on police.

He also pleaded guilty to a number of other incidents.

On April 29 this year he stole a bottle of vodka and damaged another bottle of vodka at Tesco in Antrim.

On May 23 Gillan was disorderly at Donegore Drive in Antrim.

In the early hours of June 21 he entered a Volkswagen Golf parked at Greenmill, Muckamore, and although he had rummaged through the centre console and a compartment in the vehicle nothing was believed to have been taken.

Defence barrister Neil Moore said the defendant was in custody regarding “serious allegations” including attempted robbery and possession of an imitation firearm.

He said Gillan’s problems stem from alcohol abuse.

The lawyer also said Gillan had an “inability to function in a normal society” due to ADHD and other issues as part of a “full storm of difficulties”.

The barrister said Gillan had “difficulty controlling himself when he is under the influence of alcohol”.

District Judge Nigel Broderick said “it all seems to stem from his injury when he was 12 years old”.

Gillan was jailed for five months.

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