Thursday 19 April 2018

Man jailed for head-butt on nurse and hitting doctor

(Stock photo)
(Stock photo)

John Cassidy

A man has been jailed for six months for punching a doctor and head-butting a nurse while they were on duty in hospital.

Michael Hanrahan (33) of Glenmore Park, Dundalk, Co Louth, pleaded guilty to assaulting Dr Jeremy McCammon and nurse Mary McDonnell at Daisy Hill Hospital in Newry, Co Down, last year.

Prosecutor Stephen McCourt told Newry Crown Court that Hanrahan’s pregnant partner was being treated as an outpatient at the hospital on March 11, 2014, when Hanrahan confronted the doctor and told him to “take responsibility” for his wife before swearing at him.

He then punched the doctor in the head causing a cut to his lip.

A week later, Hanrahan was admitted to the same hospital following an overdose and during the night got out of bed and pulled a drip from his arm, causing it to bleed.

Security was called and while Ms McDonnell was tending to Hanrahan he head-butted her.

Judge Kevin Finnegan imposed three-month sentences on each count which he said would run consecutively.

Irish Independent

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