A COURT heard a woman went to Coleraine’s Causeway Hospital because of a cut foot but as she was being disorderly it was not safe for nurses to treat her.
Shantelle Lewis (23), of Lodge Road in Coleraine, appeared at the town’s Magistrates Court and pleaded guilty to being disorderly at the hospital on August 11 this year.
A prosecutor said at 2am on the date in question Lewis was attempting to intervene with a male in a cubicle area and was shouting at staff.
She refused to calm down and continued to shout and swear and became “more agitated” when arrested.
She was removed to a police cell van where she “kicked off” and she was eventually taken to a police custody suite as it was not safe for nurses to treat her.
A defence lawyer said the defendant had been socialising with others from her hostel and when taken to hospital she saw a male who she believed had “taken her mobile phone”.
The court heard mother-of-two Lewis had a “long standing issue of substance abuse”.
District Judge Peter King handed down a three months jail term, suspended for 18 months, and warned that if she re-offended at the hospital she faced going to prison.