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16/09/2021

Derry woman who shouted and swore at A&E department in Altnagelvin Hospital is handed 12 months probation

Altnagelvin A&E
A judge said that people going to A&E department at Altnagelvin Hospital were 'distressed enough without someone swearing and shouting' in the facility. The comments came at Derry Magistrate's Court sitting in Omagh when Samantha Robson (30), of Ballymagowan Avenue in Derry, admitted being disorderly at the hospital on February 22. The court was told at 3am police were tasked to an address and spoke to defendant after she told them she had self harmed. This was found to be untrue but she did express concern about her mental health and so police took her to hospital. When they arrived she began behaving erratically jumping and dancing about. She was spoken to about her behaviour but continued to swear and raise her voice. While she was in treatment she continued to abuse police officers. Defence solicitor Maoliosa Barr told the court that his client had mental health issues but this was her first time in court. He said she was 'remorseful and apologetic' and added that at least she had only abused police and not medical staff. He added that she realised her behaviour was 'totally unacceptable and was genuinely sorry.' District Judge Alan White said Robson knew her behaviour was 'completely unacceptable'. He imposed a sentence of 12 months probation.

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