Patient who flew into a rage in RVH escapes jail
A hospital patient who flung chairs about and ripped out a computer mouse has avoided being sent to jail.
Gary Byrne was told his behaviour in the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast "crossed the custody threshold".
But based on the 29-year-old's troubled background, a judge instead imposed a probation order and community service.
Byrne, of Hawtree Park in Lisburn, Co Antrim, pleaded guilty to criminal damage and disorderly behaviour charges.
Belfast Magistrates Court heard he attended the Royal on October 2 last year to seek attention for his knee.
After asking to see the mental health team he started shouting abuse at staff and throwing chairs.
Prosecutors said Byrne continued to be aggressive, ripping out a computer mouse and damaging a USB port.
The judge ordered Byrne to serve 75 hours' community service alongside 12 months on probation.