Hospital staff rant sees inmate hit with new jail term
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.