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Wednesday 18 October 2017

Patient abused staff and kicked door in A&E rage

A PATIENT kicked out at a door in an A&E Department after he was asked to wait outside for verbally abusing staff.

Dylan O'Flanagan, (20) had been taken to hospital after his mother found him on the floor.

Judge David McHugh imposed a four-month sentence suspended for two years.

The defendant, of Chapel Farm Row in Lusk, admitted before Blanchardstown District Court to criminal damage at the A&E Department of James Connolly Memorial Hospital in Blanchardstown on January 27 last.

Sergeant Walter Sweeney said gardai were called to the hospital around 9pm following reports a drunken male was causing a disturbance.

Sgt Sweeney said O'Flanagan was verbally abusive to staff and was disturbing other patients.

He was asked to wait outside, but he kicked the main door and forced open a magnetic door.

The sergeant said O'Flanagan had to be restrained by hospital security.

Sgt Sweeney said that the damage was minor, no more than €100 to repair.

Defence lawyer Karl Monahan said O'Flanagan suffers from ADHD and epilepsy, and was in hospital to receive treatment.

Mr Monahan said the defendant wished to apologise for his behaviour.

The court also heard O'Flanagan has a history of alcohol and drug abuse.

Imposing a suspended sentence, Judge McHugh said O'Flanagan's behaviour was disgraceful.

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