Saturday 3 December 2016

Man asked patients to perform sexual acts on him

Eimear Cotter

Published 24/05/2016 | 12:55

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A man who asked hospital patients to perform sexual acts on him was on very heavy medication at the time, a court heard.

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Gerard Nolan (33) also shouted at a young child in the hospital waiting area.

His lawyer said Nolan was "a very gentle person" and had no recollection of his behaviour.

Gda Sgt Michael Ahern said on March 12 last officers had arrested Nolan under the Mental Health Act.

They had taken him to Tallaght Hospital, where he agreed to be admitted as a voluntary patient.

The sergeant said doctors refused to accept him because he had only been released from hospital that morning.

Sgt Ahern said Nolan began shouting at patients and asking them to perform sexual acts on him. He also shouted at a small child.

The court heard that Nolan had seven previous convic- tions, mostly for public order matters.

Defence lawyer Gabby Deane said the defendant had serious mental health issues.

She said Nolan was on very heavy medication at the time of the incident, and had no memory whatsoever of his behaviour.

She said he was involved in a serious accident in 2007 and suffered injuries to his brain and back.

The court heard that Nolan was constantly on medication.

Ms Deane said he was also homeless for a period, as his parents were unable to cope with his health difficulties.

The court was further told that Nolan was "a very gentle person" and being abusive to a child was something that would be completely "out of character" .

Nolan, with an address at Killininny House, Firhouse Road, Dublin 24, admitted before Tallaght District Court to threatening and abusive behaviour.

Judge John Lindsay applied the Probation Act.

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