Belfast Telegraph

Monday 21 April 2014

Patient is accused of sex attack on nurse

A man rushed to hospital after binging on drink and drugs exposed himself and sexually assaulted a nurse trying to help him, the High Court has heard.

Joseph Gallagher head-butted walls, screamed obscenities and spat at medical staff as they attempted to remove needles from his arm, prosecutors said.

His alleged outbreak of aggression at Altnagelvin Hospital in Londonderry followed a previous suspected racially influenced attack with which he is also accused. It was claimed that police spotted him punching a Swedish man as a co-accused stamped on his head and body.

Gallagher (20) of Glenvale Road, Derry, was refused bail.

He faces charges of assault occasioning actual bodily harm, disorderly behaviour, and two counts of common assault over the alleged April 27 incident. New charges of sexual assault, indecent behaviour, indecent exposure,assault and disorderly behaviour were brought.

Gallagher told police he blacked out after drinking a 10-glass bottle of vodka and eight cans of beer on top of his medication.

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