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Bail for man who 'attacked health staff'

A man attacked three security guards at a north Belfast hospital and wielded a traffic cone as a weapon, a court has been told.

Thomas McMenamy (20), of Balkan Street in Belfast, appeared before the city's Magistrates Court charged with three counts of common assault.

He faces further counts of disorderly behaviour at the Mater Hospital on the Crumlin Road and possession of an offensive weapon.

A police constable said a ward sister had asked McMenamy and a friend to leave because of their behaviour in the early hours of Sunday morning. "At that stage there were assaults on security staff in the Mater," she claimed.

Opposing bail, the officer suggested the incident may have been fuelled by drugs.

However, the judge granted bail, but McMenamy was banned from Belfast city centre or going near any hospitals in the area, except for medical treatment.

He is due to return to court next month.

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