Bail re­voked for woman who spat at A&E doc­tor

Belfast Telegraph - - NEWS - BY EA­MONN MacDER­MOTT

A CO Lon­don­derry woman who was al­leged to have spat at a doc­tor in Alt­nagelvin Hos­pi­tal has had her bail re­voked and been re­manded in cus­tody.

El­iz­a­beth Flanagan (34), of Aber­corn Road in the city, ap­peared at Lon­don­derry Mag­is­trates Court charged with breach­ing her bail, as­sault­ing the doc­tor and pos­sess­ing cannabis on Novem­ber 13.

A po­lice of­fi­cer con­nected Flanagan to the charges and op­posed bail due to the risk of re-of­fend­ing.

The court heard Flanagan had ap­proached a doc­tor in A&E and asked when she would be seen.

When she was told in due course, Flanagan was said to have started shout­ing abuse at the doc­tor and, de­spite be­ing asked to calm down, con­tin­ued shout­ing and spat at him.

Po­lice were called at around 9pm and Flanagan was ar­rested.

The court was told of­fi­cers also found a small block of cannabis on her per­son.

A de­fence so­lic­i­tor said that while this was Flanagan’s third breach of bail, the other two trans­gres­sions were rel­a­tively mi­nor.

He added his client was “em­bar­rassed and ashamed” of her be­hav­iour in the hos­pi­tal.

District Judge Bar­ney McEl­holm de­scribed the in­ci­dent as “dis­gust­ing”.

He re­voked her bail and re­manded her in cus­tody, adding he wanted the mes­sage to go out that peo­ple could not treat med­i­cal staff in this man­ner.

Flanagan then shouted at the judge be­fore be­ing led away to the cells. She will ap­pear again on De­cem­ber 7.

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