Tuesday 21 November 2017

Arrest order for women who threatened to throw boiling water on pregnant nurse

Andrew Phelan

A WARRANT has been issued for the arrest of a woman who threatened to throw boiling water over a pregnant nurse during a hospital visit.

Angela Freeman made the threat after she was confronted for taking a carton of orange juice from a staff kitchen.

She had to be dragged, spitting and screaming from the hospital, said she would return and attack the nurse, then hit a female garda in the face.

Judge Catherine Murphy issued the bench warrant when Freeman failed to appear in Dublin District Court, where a pre-sentence probation report on her was to be produced.

Freeman, with an address at Gardiner Street, Dublin 1, had pleaded guilty to trespassing and causing a breach of the peace at St James's Hospital as well as assaulting Garda Colleen Gallagher at Kilmainham Garda Station.

Previously, the court heard she had been visiting her sick partner while intoxicated when she was caught trespassing in a restricted area.

Garda Nathan Burke said he was called to the hospital at 5.45pm on April 12 last.

A staff nurse told the garda she knew the accused, who had gone into the staff kitchen and taken a carton of orange juice.

Freeman was abusive to the nurse, who was pregnant. She called her a "b***h and made threats to her, telling her she would "get her that night at her house".




Garda Burke coaxed the defendant out into a corridor and told her she was being arrested.

She had to be restrained and handcuffed and was led out, roaring, shouting and spitting in the hospital.

At the garda station, Freeman (46) was being searched in a cell when she became loud and aggressive, slapping Garda Gallagher across the face and cutting her nose.

"She said if released, she would go back up to the hospital the following day and throw boiling water over the staff nurse", Garda Burke said.

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