A MAN who shouted and swore and punched two doctors trying to treat him at Antrim Area Hospital has been jailed for nine months.
Stephen Snoddy (21), formerly with an address at Durnascallon Road in Desertmartin and also listed as The Traveller’s Rest at Galgorm Road in Ballymena, appeared at Ballymena Magistrates Court on Thursday via video link from prison.
He admitted charges of assault; being disorderly at the hospital and damaging a wall bracket at the hospital. He was also in possession of Pregabalin on June 28 this year.
On August 8 he caused over £200 worth of damage to a room wall at an address at Galgorm Road and also had cannabis.
A defence lawyer said Snoddy had no recollection of the hospital incident as he had been “extremely intoxicated”.
He had gone to the hospital after being the victim of an assault, the lawyer said.
He said Snoddy apologised for assaulting people who were trying to assist him at the hospital.
The defendant had 28 previous convictions and was in breach of a suspended sentence.
District Judge Nigel Broderick said that time and time again courts said they would not tolerate trouble at hospitals.
He said medical staff were there doing a very important job and are “not to be mistreated, abused or assaulted”.