Drunk woman assaulted police in Altnagelvin Hospital
A pregnant woman who had been drinking has been fined £300 for assaulting police in a hospital casualty department.
Caroline Porter, of Sheriffs Glen in Londonderry, admitted the assault in the accident and emergency department of Altnagelvin Hospital on March 3.
Derry Magistrates Court was told that police were called to the A&E and a ward sister told them that there had been disorderly behaviour over a number of hours.
The police were told that the 33-year-old defendant had been unpredictable and violent and the ward sister said that they no longer wished to treat her.
When police informed Porter, who is deaf, she became aggressive and struck out at the police officers.
Defence solicitor Paddy MacDermott said that his client had been drinking at the time and had found it difficult to communicate with the staff.
He said she was deeply ashamed of her behaviour.
In addition to the fine, Deputy District Judge Austin Kennedy warned her that any repetition would result in a prison sentence.