Man with Ballymena address was 'screaming' in front of staff and patients in Antrim Area Hospital

Man with Ballymena address was 'screaming' in front of staff and patients in Antrim Area Hospital

A MAN with a Ballymena address has admitted being disorderly at Antrim Area Hospital where he was "screaming" in front of staff and patients.

Michael Robinson (28), of Galgorm Road, was disruptive on December 13, 2020.

A prosecutor told Ballymena Magistrates Court the defendant was at the hospital in relation to his mental health and he "began to scream and shout" in a waiting area where other patients and staff were present.

A nurse from the Emergency Department said the behaviour was "annoying other patients" and he was moved to a side corridor.

He continued his behaviour and a "lady and a young child were forced to move to another corridor".

The defendant "paced about" the corridor and kicked out at a 'dividing screen' on a number of occasions.

When cautioned by police he said he was "sorry" but then "began to ask all staff and patients for a phone charger and became aggressive when he couldn't get one" and "began demanding that police phone a solicitor to enable him to get medication".

Defence solicitor Emma McCann said the defendant knows his behaviour was "unacceptable".

District Judge Nigel Broderick said normally anyone who acts in such a fashion in hospitals are immediately jailed but he said the defendant is currently "working well" on Probation and Community Service in relation to previous offending.

For the hospital disorderly, the judge deferred sentence until August.

  • Main picture: Antrim Area Hospital.