Ballymena woman (49) threw 'paper cups' at police at hospital

Ballymena woman (49) threw 'paper cups' at police at hospital

A 49-year-old woman who was disorderly at Antrim Area Hospital where she shouted at and threw "paper cups" at police, has been given a two months prison sentence, suspended for a year.

Caroline Pennie, of Tullymore Park in Ballymena, was disorderly and assaulted a police officer in the early hours of August 18 this year.

A prosecutor said police were called to the hospital and found the defendant in a "distressed state".

Around ten members of the public were present but the defendant ignored a police warning to calm down.

Officers escorted her outside for her to have a cigarette in an attempt to calm the situation but Pennie continued to shout and said: "F--k this, I'm away" and pushed past police.

Officers attempted to restrain her so she could receive treatment at the hospital but she pushed an officer into a wall. The officer was unhurt.

Pennie later told police she had "not properly" assaulted the police officer and regarding the disorderly behaviour said her "head was mixed up".

Defence solicitor Stewart Ballentine said the defendant wished to apologise.

He said she is now in a "better place" and is getting help from a Mental Health Team.

District Judge Nigel Broderick told Antrim Magistrates Court, sitting in Ballymena, normally for such offences he would readily send people to prison but the defendant had no previous convictions apart from a caution.

  • Main picture: Antrim Area Hospital. File image.