Man had to be re­strained in Lour­des hos­pi­tal

Drogheda Independent - - NEWS -

A MAN who was highly in­tox­i­cated and at­tended Our Lady of Lour­des Hos­pi­tal with cracked ribs af­ter he fell down stairs in his home had to be re­strained as he started to abuse and threaten hos­pi­tal staff.

David Law­less (29) hurled abuse to­wards nurs­ing staff, se­cu­rity and gar­dai in the early hours of the morn­ing be­fore he was ar­rested, Drogheda Dis­trict Court heard.

The de­fen­dant, of McAr­dle Green in Money­more pleaded guilty to be­ing in­tox­i­cated and us­ing threat­en­ing and abu­sive be­hav­iour at the hos­pi­tal on Septem­ber 9.

He has no pre­vi­ous con­vic­tions.

De­fence solic­i­tor Der­mot Mon­a­han told Judge Alan Mitchell the de­fen­dant was on med­i­ca­tion and shouldn’t have been drink­ing.

“He drank at home and then fell down the stairs and cracked his ribs. He was in a lot of pain and he was in­tox­i­cated,” said Mr Mon­a­han

“He re­grets his ac­tions and he is very sorry. He shouldn’t have been drink­ing and events over­took them­selves,” he said, adding the de­fen­dant is “on limited means” as he is not work­ing but man­aged to get €300 to­gether as a char­i­ta­ble do­na­tion.

Judge Mitchell re­marked that it “seems to be a reg­u­lar fea­ture - peo­ple hav­ing too much drink and end­ing up in hos­pi­tal.”

“The hos­pi­tals are al­ready over­bur­dened and then there is an ex­tra bur­den on them with peo­ple be­com­ing dif­fi­cult.”

“The State is so gen­er­ous to cit­i­zens and then they drink to ex­cess. I don’t pay my taxes for him to go out and drink to ex­cess,” he re­marked.

He or­dered the de­fen­dant pay €300 to Our Lady of Lour­des Hos­pi­tal Pa­tient Com­fort Fund and re­marked: “I doubt your be­hav­iour gave pa­tients much com­fort.’

Af­ter the char­i­ta­ble do­na­tion was paid over, Judge Mitchell ap­plied Sec­tion 1.1 of the Pro­ba­tion Act.

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