Judge jails man who misbehaved in hospital for 'being utterly selfish'

Rape accused appears in court

The case was heard at Craigavon Magistrates' Court.

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A Judge has warned that she will “not tolerate any misbehaviour in a hospital during the pandemic” after a Portadown man was sent to jail for two months, pending appeal.

The case of Stephen Ian Wilson, of Ulsterville Park, was heard at Craigavon Courthouse sitting on Friday, October 8.

The 33-year-old pleaded guilty to driving when unfit through drink or drugs, disorderly behaviour, possessing a Class C controlled drug, two counts of criminal damage and failing to provide specimen of blood.

The court heard on January 26 this year, officers were tasked to a road traffic incident and noticed a crashed car in a field. The defendant was observed at the scene as being unsteady on his feet, his speech was slurred and his eyes were dilated.

After being in possession of the car keys, he refused to provide a specimen of blood and a search revealed 100 blue diazepam tablets in his underwear.

Due to his injuries, he was conveyed to Craigavon Area Hospital where it was reported his behaviour was unsettling to staff and members of the public.

Furthermore, the defendant damaged a rubber strip of the police van, as well as a set of handcuffs belonging to an officer.

In his defence, the court was told that Wilson was “fully aware of the position he finds himself in” and that he was “in a dark place” back in January but that he wishes to apologise to everyone who was affected by his actions.

It was also stated that the defendant realised “it was a selfish act going out on the road” and that findings from a probation report indicated that Wilson had been taking heroin around the time in question.

District Judge Bernie Kelly was less than impressed saying: “You did not choose 12 months ago to go on heroin, you had been building up for that by taking other drugs – that was your choice.

“The pressure the hospital staff have been under the last 18 months due to the pandemic, I have to send you to prison for being utterly selfish.”

The Judge imposed a two month custodial sentence for all charges and a driving disqualification of 15 months until re-tested.

The defendant was released on bail pending appeal.

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