Judge says number of disorderly behaviour incidents at hospitals is 'appalling'

Judge says number of disorderly behaviour incidents at hospitals is 'appalling'

A JUDGE said it is "appalling" that there are so many incidents of disorderly behaviour in hospitals.

Deputy District Judge Austin Kennedy was speaking as Thomas Johnston (30), of Bryan Street in Larne, was given a three months jail term, suspended for two years, for being disruptive at Antrim Area Hospital on the afternoon of October 14 last year.

Antrim Magistrates' Court, sitting in Ballymena, was told police responded to an incident in Larne and due to concerns about the defendant's health he was taken to the hospital where he began shouting and swearing "in a loud and disruptive manner".

A defence barrister said the defendant, who pleaded guilty, had taken a "cocktail of medication" and couldn't remember what happened but is now "fully remorseful".

Judge Kennedy said it had been a "appalling incident of misbehaviour in a hospital" and added: "I don't know why there are so many incidents of such offending appearing in the courts but it is just quite simply appalling".

  • Main picture: General file image of Antrim Area Hospital.