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Saturday 3 December 2016

Patient took tube out of arm and tried to spray liquid in it around hospital cubicle

A patient removed a tube from his arm and tried to spray the liquid in it around a hospital cubicle after he had collapsed unconscious in a garda cell.
A patient removed a tube from his arm and tried to spray the liquid in it around a hospital cubicle after he had collapsed unconscious in a garda cell.

A patient removed a tube from his arm and tried to spray the liquid in it around a hospital cubicle after he had collapsed unconscious in a garda cell.

Noel Keane (29) was arrested for racially abusing security staff at a fast-food restaurant.

A garda sergeant said Keane was "as intoxicated as I've ever seen".

Judge Deirdre Gearty ordered a probation report and adjourned sentencing.

Keane, of Athboy Road, Navan, Co Meath, admitted several public order offences.

Sgt Anthony McNulty said gardai were called to McDonald's at Airside Retail Park in Swords after Keane became involved in an altercation with security staff.

The officer said Keane was ordered to go home but refused and continued to abuse staff.

Sgt McNulty said some slurs were racist in nature.

Gardai tried to arrest Keane but he resisted, and during a struggle Gda Stephen Harte's thumb was bent backwards.

The court heard Keane banged his head as he was removed from a patrol car and taken into Swords Garda Station, where he refused to provide his name and address.

He was placed in a cell but he collapsed unconscious.

Ignored

Sgt McNulty said Keane was taken to Beaumont Hospital, where he regained consciousness and was verbally abusive to Emergency Department staff.

Swords District Court heard nurses told Keane not to remove a cannula, or tube, from his arm, but he ignored them, removed it and tried to spray the liquid around the cubicle.

Keane also scraped Gda Elaine Duffy's hand with his nails and tore her fleece jacket.

Defence lawyer Patrick Jackson said Keane was "that out of it" he remembers nothing.

Mr Jackson said Keane began self-medicating, first with drink and then cannabis and heroin following the death of his father four years ago.

He is now off all substances and dealing with his loss.

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