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Man who swore at hospital consultant is jailed for a month

Causeway Hospital
Causeway Hospital

A man who swore at a hospital consultant and then breached Probation has been jailed for a month at Coleraine Magistrates Court.

Owen McDonagh (26), previously with an address at Lodge Road in Coleraine, appeared in the dock on Monday.

At the same court last June he had been put on Probation for a year after being told if there had been any physical violence during the incident at Coleraine’s Causeway Hospital he would have been jailed.

At court last year, McDonagh had admitted a charge of being disorderly at the hospital on May 3, 2018.

Later, on the same date, he resisted a police officer in the execution of his duty and had also pleaded guilty to that charge.

A prosecutor told Coleraine Magistrates Court last June that police were called to deal with a disruptive person at the hospital in Coleraine in the early hours of May 3.
It was heard that McDonagh told a consultant: “Get back here you c**t” before pointing at the medic and repeating the phrase.

When arrested he continued to be aggressive and abusive at a police station and threatened to attack anyone who came near him.

A defence solicitor told last year’s court: “On the night in question he had taken a considerable amount of drugs. He would state that was an attempt to self-harm and its in that context that this absolutely disgraceful behaviour took place”.

At Coleraine Magistrates Court on Monday June 4 last year, District Judge Liam McNally had told the defendant the behaviour in the hospital “crossed the line”.

He said a court would normally impose a custodial sentence for such “appalling behaviour” but he took into account the defendant’s guilty plea and clear record and noted McDonagh was engaging with an addiction centre.

He put McDonagh on Probation for a year and added: “Had there been any physical violence with the doctor then you would have been going straight to prison”.
Back at the same court on Monday it was heard the Probation Order had been breached.

It was revoked and replaced with a month in prison.

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