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Drunk patient pleads guilty to assault and disorderly behaviour after vomit was thrown at nurse trying to treat him in hospital

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A DRUNK patient has pleaded guilty to an incident which involved him throwing a bowl of his own vomit over a nurse trying treat to his injuries.

Gavin Logue (35), with an address at the Simon Community in Coleraine’s Lodge Road, appeared at the town’s Magistrates Court on Monday via video link from Maghaberry Jail where he has been on remand.

He pleaded guilty to assaulting a female; being disorderly at the Causeway Hospital in Coleraine and he also admitted being disorderly at Coleraine Road in Portstewart.
The incidents happened on February 7 and February 8 this year with February 7 being the defendant’s birthday.

A prosecutor told Monday’s court the disorderly behaviour in the hospital was an “aggravating feature” of the case.

Logue had a previous record, she added.

No further facts were given to Monday’s Court but last week at the High Court in Belfast it was heard a nurse was struck with the vomit during a drunken outburst.
Prosecution counsel Conor Maguire told that court the accused and a friend had gone into a Spar shop in Portstewart earlier that night and started knocking items from the shelves.

Police were called and took the duo to the Causeway Hospital due to their level of intoxication and minor injuries.
When they arrived Logue was allegedly abusive towards officers and medical staff attempting to treat him, and was shouting and swearing.
Mr Maguire said: “He threw a bowl containing his own vomit at a nurse, it struck her and covered her body and legs.”
Logue was so heavily intoxicated that police had to wait until he was sober the following day to interview him, the court heard.
A defence lawyer told the High Court Logue had “no memory of the events.”

Refusing bail last week, Mr Justice Burgess said: “This can only be described as an appalling, nasty assault on a public servant going about her duty of trying to help.”
At Coleraine Court on Monday, Logue was remanded in continuing custody and the case was adjourned until late March for a pre-sentence report to be prepared.

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