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Hospital staff rant sees inmate hit with new jail term

By Lesley Houston

Published 12/12/2015

A prisoner who verbally abused staff at the Ulster Hospital while visiting his suicidal girlfriend has been sentenced to three months' jail
A prisoner who verbally abused staff at the Ulster Hospital while visiting his suicidal girlfriend has been sentenced to three months' jail

A prisoner who verbally abused staff at the Ulster Hospital while visiting his suicidal girlfriend has been sentenced to three months' jail.

Frederick James Boyd, who is currently serving a sentence at Maghaberry Prison, was asked to leave the hospital after becoming agitated.

He then verbally abused staff, shouting and using foul language in front of doctors and nurses and a large number of patients on June 15.

The 23-year-old, from Mill Street, Newtownards, had been visiting his girlfriend in a secure unit at the hospital in Dundonald, where she was being treated for suicidal thoughts.

Boyd, who the court heard was currently sharing a cell with his father, appeared via videolink at Ards Magistrates Court yesterday. He was given a three-month prison sentence for disorderly behaviour to run concurrently with his present term.

The judge warned Boyd he would face another jail sentence if he committed a similar crime, but he added that with bail and time served, the defendant should be free next month.

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