‘Raving al­co­holic’ as­saulted a doc­tor af­ter blackout fol­low­ing re­turn from fam­ily fu­neral

Mid Louth Independent - - NEWS -

A ‘RAVING AL­CO­HOLIC’ who had a blackout af­ter he ar­rived home in­tox­i­cated from a fam­ily fu­neral abroad as­saulted a doc­tor in the emer­gency de­part­ment of a hos­pi­tal and ob­structed a nurse and se­cu­rity guard when he woke up, a court has heard.

Martin Les­ley (50), who was de­scribed by a judge as an “ab­so­lute brat” was given a five month sus­pended sen­tence for the of­fences which hap­pened at Our Lady of Lour­des Hos­pi­tal in Drogheda.

He was warned by Judge John Cough­lan at Drogheda District Court that if he even spits on the foot­path within the next five months - he will serve the sus­pended sen­tence.

He was also or­dered to hand over €500 for char­ity as part of his sen­tence.

The de­fen­dant, of Lough­boy, Mell in Drogheda pleaded guilty to one count of as­sault and two counts of ob­struc­tion at A&E at Our Lady of Lour­des Hos­pi­tal, Drogheda on May 25 last year.

He has 21 pre­vi­ous con­vic­tions in­clud­ing two for as­sault and several for pub­lic or­der of­fences, the court heard.

De­fence so­lic­i­tor Der­mot Mon­a­han ex­plained the de­fen­dant was drunk on the day as he had just re­turned from a fam­ily fu­neral in Ger­many.

“He had a blackout and woke up in the A&E de­part­ment at the hos­pi­tal. He had an is­sue with the doc­tor, a nurse and se­cu­rity guard,” said Mr Mon­a­han.

Mr Mon­a­han said the de­fen­dant is a “raving al­co­holic” who is at­tend­ing meet­ings and mak­ing ef­forts to deal with his al­co­hol prob­lem.

“I have given him a mantra to say to friends who in­vite him for drinks to tell them “I am a raving al­co­holic,” Mr Mon­a­han told Judge Cough­lan.

Im­pos­ing the five month sus­pended sen­tence, Judge Cough­lan said: “I am go­ing to solve his prob­lems. This man is a brat.”

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