Drunken male (18) as­saulted se­cu­rity guard at Lour­des

Drogheda Independent - - NEWS -

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.

Lour­des Hos­pi­tal

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