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28/09/2021

Derry man jailed for five months over what was described as 'appalling behaviour' in Altnagelvin Hospital

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A Derry man who admitted several public order offences including what a judge described as 'appalling' behaviour in Altnagelvin Hospital has been jailed for five months. Conor Kineton, of MacNeice Close, pleaded guilty to disorderly behaviour in the accident and emergency department and resisting police on May 12. The court heard that on May 12 Kineton consumed alcohol in breach of his bail conditions. He was arrested and became aggressive, refusing to let police escort him the to their vehicle. Kineton had to be restrained on the ground and handcuffed. The 24-year-old was taken to hospital for treatment to a cut on his hand and continued to be disorderly. He was warned about his behaviour a number of times but he continued to be abusive to anyone present in the busy department. At one stage Kineton asked to use the bathroom. The door had to remain unlocked as he was in police custody and he said 'do you want to see me piss' before turning around and urinating over the door and floor. The 24-year-old also admitted causing damage to a door, disorderly behaviour and resisting police in relation to a separate incident on December 12, last year. Derry Magistrate's Court heard Kineton caused damage to a door in his ex-partners property. He was arrested and became abusive and aggressive. The court heard he shouted at police 'get the f*** off, I will f***ing kill you you f***ing scumbags'. During police interview, the defendant admitted causing the damage to the door and offered to pay for it. However, he said he couldn't remember resisting arrest because his 'head was all over the place'. The court was told the defendant is in breach of a suspended sentence for a Crown Court matter. Defence counsel Eoghan Devlin said his client has served the equivalent of a three month sentence in custody. He added that the 24-year-old has 'particular difficulties'. Jailing Kineton for five months, District Judge Barney McElholm said his 'behaviour in hospital was appalling'.

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