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Dublin’s St James’s Hospital

Dublin’s St James’s Hospital

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Dublin’s St James’s Hospital

A HOSPITAL patient charged down a corridor and stabbed a doctor three times in the back with a needle after becoming irate during treatment, it has been alleged.

Stephen Ennis (30) had gone to the Dublin hospital after suffering a seizure and was having a blood sample taken when the incident happened at the weekend, a court was told.

A bail application was deferred when Mr Ennis became agitated in court and had to be restrained by prison officers after running from the dock area.

Judge Ann Ryan remanded him in custody until tomorrow.

Mr Ennis, with an address at Cashel Road in Crumlin is charged with assaulting a peace officer at St James’s Hospital in the south inner city on Saturday, March 7.

Defence barrister Gareth Casey told Dublin District Court he was applying for bail on Mr Ennis’ behalf.

The prosecuting garda objected to bail, saying the alleged offence, under Section 19 of the Public Order Act, it was a “very serious charge” carrying a maximum potential prison sentence of seven years on conviction or indictment.

Outlining the prosecution's case, he said it was alleged the accused entered the hospital for treatment in relation to a seizure he suffered on Saturday. His behaviour was “quite erratic,” the garda said.

A doctor attempted to take a blood sample from the accused, who became “extremely irate” and pulled the butterfly needle from his hand.

He then “charged down the hallway after the doctor and stabbed him three times in the back with the needle,” the garda alleged.

While evidence was being given, Mr Ennis ran from the dock area of the courtroom and was restrained and returned there by two prison officers and a garda.

Judge Ryan then asked if it was appropriate for the case to continue.

Mr Casey asked if he could speak with his client.

Mr Ennis was heard to say “I need a doctor.”

Judge Ryan said it might be appropriate for the case to be dealt with tomorrow morning instead, to give the accused “some time to get some assistance.”

Mr Casey said there was consent to this and asked for medical attention for the accused.The judge remanded the accused in custody, to appear in Cloverhill District Court tomorrow.

Mr Ennis has not yet indicated how he intends to plead to the charge.

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