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Belfast hospital patient avoids prison for assault on police officer

By Alan Erwin

Published 06/04/2016

A disorderly hospital patient who assaulted a policeman and made an obscene gesture has been ordered to serve 18 months probation
A disorderly hospital patient who assaulted a policeman and made an obscene gesture has been ordered to serve 18 months probation

A disorderly hospital patient who assaulted a policeman and made an obscene gesture has been ordered to serve 18 months probation.

Aadhan Goodwin was told he was only being spared a prison sentence for lashing out at the officer and shouting abuse because of his mental health issues.

The 20-year-old, of Milford Street in Belfast, was arrested over his outburst at the city's Royal Victoria Hospital last December.

Police had been called after he became aggressive.

Belfast Magistrates Court heard he then kicked out at and tried to bite an officer.

After being restrained and warned about his behaviour Goodwin became abusive and said he was going to bite a nose off, according to the prosecution.

He then made a sexually suggestive gesture at officers.

Goodwin pleaded guilty to charges of disorderly behaviour, assault on police, and indecent behaviour. Defence counsel stressed his client's behaviour was not directed at hospital workers.

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