A BALLYMENA man who admitted being disorderly at Antrim Area Hospital began shouting "f-cking black b*stards" at police and then, when exiting a vehicle, he spat on a PSNI officer's footwear.
Dean David Speirs (26), of High Street, also admitted assaulting the police officer in September last year.
A prosecutor told Ballymena Magistrates' Court police were called to a disturbance at Rockgrove Brae in Ballymena around 9pm where Speirs was shouting on the street and appeared to be having a "mental breakdown".
He was taken to Antrim Area Hospital and whilst there began shouting at officers in "front of the full waiting area in the hospital".
He ignored warnings about his behaviour and when arrested and taken to a police station he spat at an officer whilst leaving a vehicle with the spit landing on the officer's boots
A defence barrister said there had been "some sort of drug-induced episode".
The lawyer said the defendant had "no recollection" of what happened.
District Judge Nigel Broderick put the defendant on Probation for a year.
He said: "Normally this court would have no hesitation in imposing an immediate custodial sentence if somebody is abusive in a hospital. The only reason I am not going to send you to prison is because at the time you seemed to have been going through some sort of mental health breakdown".
- Main picture: File picture of Antrim Area Hospital.