Thursday 17 January 2019

Patient 'who thought his health concerns were being dismissed' threatened to kill doctor and torch health centre

Kevin Ryan believed he was ‘being betrayed’ by the doctor
Kevin Ryan believed he was ‘being betrayed’ by the doctor
Eimear Cotter

Eimear Cotter

A patient became aggressive during a consultation and threatened to kill a doctor because he believed she was "dismissing" his health problems.

Kevin Ryan (43) also threatened to burn down the west Dublin health centre.

A court heard that Ryan was suffering a depressive illness at the time and was looking for a prescription for sleeping tablets.

Judge David McHugh ordered a pre-sentence report and adjourned sentencing to a date in December.

The defendant, of Lockhouse, River Road, Castleknock, admitted before Blanchardstown District Court to making threats to kill or cause serious harm to a doctor.

He also admitted threatening to cause criminal damage during the incident at Roselawn Health Centre, Blanchardstown, on May 30 this year.


Sergeant Geraldine McManigan said Ryan was outside the health centre and was "quite irate" when gardai arrived.

Sgt McManigan said Ryan became aggressive toward a doctor during a consultation and he threatened to kill her. He also threatened to burn down the health centre.

The court heard that he had no previous convictions.

Defence solicitor Simon Fleming said Ryan was suffering a depressive illness at the time of this incident.

Mr Fleming said Ryan had waited months for a referral to see the doctor, a consultant psychiatrist, and he believed she was dismissing him.

He said Ryan spent a number of hours at the centre and he told the doctor his life history.

Ryan believed he was "being betrayed" by the doctor, and that she was "dismissing" his health problems, he added.

The doctor believed the defendant was looking for sleeping tablets, but he wasn't, Mr Fleming said.

The court also heard that Ryan wanted to retrieve his medical notes.


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