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21/09/2021

Suspended jail sentence for Derry woman who was disorderly towards ambulance crew

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A Derry woman has beens given a suspended jail sentence after admitting a charge of being disorderly towards an ambulance crew. Hannah Duddy (24), of Distillery Close in the Waterside area of the city, also admitted possessing class A drugs, namely morphine, on 29 September 2017. The court was told police were attending an incident and Duddy was there and was "highly intoxicated." The court heard ambulance crew were attending the incident and Duddy began hassling them as they went about their work, following them out to the street and, despite numerous warnings, continued to harass the crew and was arrested for disorderly. The court was told a quantity of morphine was also found on Duddy. Defence solicitor Paddy MacDermott told the court Duddy had pleaded guilty at the earliest opportunity. Mr McDermott added she had been abiding by the probation element of an earlier sentence although he told the court she was due in court for breaching an enhanced combination order. Passing sentence, Judge McElholm said Duddy had been given numerous chances and if she came back to court a custodial sentence was likely. Duddy was sentenced to six months in prison, suspended for two years.

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