Drunken male (18) assaulted security guard at Lourdes
A MAN who asaulted a security guard at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda has been fined €200 at Drogheda District Court.
Calem O’Reilly with an address at Elmview Close, Navan pleaded guilty to two public order offences as well as a charge of of assault arising out of the incident at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital on August 6th this year.
Sergeant Ray Barnes said the 18-year-old was brought in by ambulance from Navan.
While waiting to be seen he became aggressive and annoying to both staff and other patients, the sergeant said.
Staff took him out to the ambulance entrance in an attempt to calm him down but he became increasingly aggressive and subsequently punched a security guard.
O’Reilly was intoxicated at the time, the court heard.
Solicitor for the Defence Dermot Monahan asked the judge if he would give O’Reilly one chance given that he was so young.
Judge John Coughlan said he would accept a donation of €500 and said he had five minutes to go and get this.
‘I won’t tolerate drunks assaulting people in hospital,’ said Judge Coughlan.
Mr Monahan said his client wouldn’t be able to pay this.
‘If he can’t pay then he’ll go into custody. It’s absolutely disgraceful behaviour,’ he said.
After adjourning the case to second calling, the court heard O’Reilly did not have the €500 to donate to the poor box.
Judge Coughlan convicted the defendant and imposed a fine of €200 giving O’Reilly three months to pay.
‘If you appear before me again you will go to prison,’ he said.