Teenager verbally abused ambulance and hospital staff after initially being found unconscious in Ballymena

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A teenager verbally abused ambulance and hospital staff who helped him when he needed to be resuscitated after initially being found unconscious in Ballymena, a court was told.

Nicholas McCrudden (19), of Dunvale in the town, was shouting loudly and was so disruptive at Antrim Area Hospital, other patients had to be moved.

He appeared at Ballymena Magistrates Court on Thursday for sentencing after previously admitting a charge of being disorderly at the hospital.

A prosecutor said that at 9.50pm on July 4 this year police received a report of a male who was unconscious at playing fields near Herbison Park in Ballymena.

He was surrounded by family members and first aid was given.

The defendant was verbally abusive and lashed out at ambulance staff and police and when taken to hospital he continued to shout and swear and other patients had to be moved.

In the resuscitation department he was shouting “at the top of his voice” and struck himself on the head with a pair of police handcuffs and had to be restrained on the floor.

When interviewed he told police had drank vodka and had a poor recollection of events.

Defence solicitor Connel Trainor said he accepted courts did not take kindly to such incidents involving ambulance and hospital staff who had the right to go about their business without such abuse.

He said his client had taken too much alcohol and had to be resuscitated and had woken up “delirious” and now wished to apologise for what he did.

District Judge Nigel Broderick said that ordinarily such offences would attract an immediate custodial sentence but he accepted the defendant was still young.

He said clearly alcohol “and perhaps something else” was the reason for the defendant collapsing “but your behaviour thereafter is inexcusable”.

Putting the defendant on Probation for a year and ordering him to do 100 hours of unpaid work, the judge told him: “I want to make it quite clear that if you breach this Order I will have no hesitation in revoking it and giving you an immediate custodial sentence”.

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