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Man Who Was Previously Disorderly In Hospital Now Recognises The Value Of Such Medical Facilities After Suffering A Stroke, Court Hears

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BT Coleraine

A man who attempted to strike a police officer in the face in a hospital now recognises the value of such medical facilities having suffered a stroke, a court heard on Monday.

David William James Murphy (51), of Kylemore Road in Coleraine, admitted charges of assaulting police and disorderly behaviour arising out of an incident at the Causeway Hospital in the town on August 28 this year.

A prosecutor told Coleraine Magistrates Court that police were escorting a separate detained person at the hospital’s Emergency Department when the defendant, who was intoxicated, arrived by ambulance.

Murphy threatened officers and attempted to strike one of them in the face in the hospital where he was restrained and taken to Coleraine Police Station.

The defendant appeared via video link from Magilligan Prison.

A defence lawyer said Murphy’s behaviour had been “disgraceful” at the hospital in August.

He said the defendant had subsequently suffered a stroke whilst in prison and after being taken for treatment he “now recognised the value of hospitals”.

District Judge Liam McNally said a custodial sentence was inevitable because of the defendant’s behaviour in a hospital as he jailed him for two months.

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