Man responsible for ‘drunken rant’ in hospital told judge he didn’t want to view footage of incident

Antrim Area Hospital

A man who was involved in a “drunken rant” whilst at Antrim Area Hospital told a judge he did not want to watch footage of the incident which was played at Ballymena Magistrates Court.

Oliver Given (26) of Windsor Walk, Ballymena, had admitted charges of being disorderly at the hospital and also the Fairhill Bar on January 18.

He had also pleaded guilty to assaulting a man at the pub.

The case had been adjourned from the previous week after District Judge Nigel Broderick said he wished to view footage of the hospital incident.

Before it was played to the court, on Thursday, the judge asked the defendant in the dock if he could see the screen but Given replied that he didn’t want to watch it.

The footage showed police officers at the hospital with the defendant who could be heard saying at one stage on the date in question: “I will break your f**king face”.

Judge Broderick described it as a “drunken rant”.

Defence solicitor Emma McCann agreed it had been a drunken rant and that Given had been “complaining” about certain matters and did not normally behave in such a way.

As an alternative to custody, Judge Broderick said he was ordering the defendant to do 100 hours of Community Service.

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