Four month sentence for "appalling behaviour"

Four month sentence for "appalling behaviour"

The case was heard at Craigavon Magistrates' Court.

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A Lurgan man, who used disorderly behaviour in a hospital and spat a police officer, has been handed a four month custodial sentence, pending appeal.

The case of Ryan Patrick McConville, (27), of William Street, was heard at Craigavon Courthouse sitting on Wednesday, October 13.

The court heard that on May 30 this year, the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service asked for assistance to gain access to the defendant’s home after receiving information that he has stabbed himself in the back after consuming alcohol and cocaine.

When the police arrived, McConville threw items out of a third floor window and he was said to be in an aggressive mood before being arrested.

Due to his injuries, the defendant was conveyed to Craigavon Area Hospital where his behaviour worsened as he was shouting offensive language and he spat at a police officer twice.

Defence counsel Aaron Thompson told the court that McConville’s behaviour was “absolutely appalling” and that he had been in fact stabbed, rather than stabbing himself but that wasn’t an excuse for his offending.

He further explained that the behaviour “was out of character” on the date in question and that he realised the “serious gravity of offending in a hospital”.

District Judge Greg McCourt said: “this behaviour was appalling and you shouted at police in the hospital at the detriment of people who needed care.

“If you want to have contact with your son you should have thought about your decision to take a drink on May 30.

“You will be going to prison to reflect on your actions.”

The Judge imposed four month custodial sentences for each of the two charges which are to run concurrently.

The defendant was released on bail pending appeal.

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