09 Aug 2022

Court hears Derry man so embarrassed over 'disgraceful' incident at Altnagelvin that he took up a voluntary cleaning post at the hospital

A Derry man was 'so embarrassed' by his behaviour at Altnagelvin Hospital he went back and apologized and did voluntary cleaning there as reparation the local Magistrate's Court heard today. Brian Coyle (50), of no fixed abode, admitted being disorderly in the hospital on March 6 last year. He also admitted obstructing a road on the same date. The court was told that police were called to Great James Street at 7.35 a.m. and saw household items strewn across the road. Coyle admitted having an argument in his flat and throwing the items out. He was taken to Altnagelvin Hospital and became abusive to police and then was 'rowdy' to others around the hospital. He told police to 'f--k off' and then said 'I will get (a leading dissident' to shoot you with an armalite.' The court was told that a small child became distressed at Coyle's actions and 'cowered into her mother.' Judge McElholm said: "I am sure he is very proud of himself." Defence solicitor Mr. Gareth McFadden said it was 'a disgraceful incident' and added that his client was on a host of medication for various problems. He said Coyle had visited A&E and apologised to staff in person and undertook voluntary cleaning work there. Judge McElholm said it was a pity he did not know who the child was or he would have made Coyle compensate her. He imposed a prison sentence of four month suspended for two years, a conditional discharge and ordered Coyle to pay £200 to the Friends of Altnagelvin.

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