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Man Launched ‘Unpleasant Racist Diatribe’ Whilst At Coleraine’s Causeway Hospital

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A Coleraine man launched an “unpleasant racist diatribe” towards a doctor at the town’s Causeway Hospital, a court heard on Monday.

Niall Samuel McIlmoyle (27), of Foundry Court, admitted a charge of being disorderly at the hospital in September this year and also a charge of ‘dangerous cycling’. A prosecutor told Coleraine Magistrates Court that after a domestic incident police spotted McIlmoyle on a bicycle in Coleraine town centre and he failed to stop and cycled across the path of a car causing a collision.

The defendant got up and ran off but after being caught and taken to hospital he was agitated and aggressive. He shouted: “I’m not f**king waiting here to be treated by some Paki b**tard doctor” and then told police he was going to “go f**king mad and wreck the place”.

McIlmoyle also pleaded guilty to making a threat to damage a woman’s property in Coleraine town centre on July 11 this year when he said he would burn her out by petrol bombing her home. Defence barrister Stephen Law said both incidents were “reprehensible” particularly at the hospital.

He said the offences came against the backdrop of McIlmoyle taking excess medication mixed with illegal substances and alcohol which meant he was acting in a “highly agitated state without restraint”. Mr Law said the issues had arisen because McIlmoyle had stopped taking his medication but now it appears he has “turned a corner” and is engaging with Probation in relation to a previous sentence and has contacted addiction services.

The defence barrister asked for sentencing to be deferred to allow his client to “prove himself” and get treatment in the community rather than go to prison “where there are illicit substances”. District Judge Peter King said both matters warranted custody.

The judge said there had been an “unpleasant racist diatribe” at the hospital which the court viewed extremely seriously and about which a message had to be sent out. However, Judge King said the defendant was currently working through a 200 hour Community Service Order and said McIlmoyle had ended up back in court because he has stopped taking his medication.

The judge said he would defer sentencing for six months but that if the defendant re-offended; failed to complete Community Service or engage with Probation requirements, he faced starting off with a five months jail term when he comes back to court.

Judge King told McIlmoyle: “I’m taking a chance on you”. A three year Restraining Order was put in place regarding McIlmoyle and the woman he made the threat to.

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