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Thursday 22 November 2018

Teenager who spat at hospital security guard must pay €600

Kian Judge was told €150 donation was not enough
Kian Judge was told €150 donation was not enough

A teenager told a hospital security officer to "f**k off" before spitting at him and running away.

Kian Judge (19) was stopped a short distance away and had to be restrained as he was "kicking off".

Judge Miriam Walsh ordered Judge to donate €600 to two charities and she would strike out the charges.

The defendant, of no fixed abode in Drogheda, admitted to public intoxication and using threatening and abusive behaviour at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital last April 15.

Drogheda District Court heard that when gardai arrived, Judge was on the ground and "appeared to be under the influence of drugs".

He was examined by a doctor and did not need further medical attention.

Embarrassed

"He was free to leave but kicked off at the security guard and at members of the public who were in the hospital," a garda witness said.

"He told a security guard to 'f**k off' and started spitting. He was acting in an aggressive manner."

The court heard Judge had no previous convictions.

Defence solicitor Patrick Goodwin said this was the teenager's first time in front of the court.

"He is embarrassed to be here and his behaviour on the day was no laughing matter," said Mr Goodwin.

He said the defendant worked two days a week in a factory and had €150 in court for a charitable contribution.

Judge Walsh ordered the defendant to donate €450 to the Society of St Vincent de Paul and €150 to the Gary Kelly Cancer Support Centre.

"If paid by June 22 the case will be struck out," said Judge Walsh, adding that the defendant "will have to increase his working hours".

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