Hospital patient who swore at police given probation
A hospital patient who called police "f****** dirt" has been given 18 months probation.
Prosecutors said Colin Allsopp continued the insults in front of others waiting treatment at the Mater Hospital in north Belfast.
The 31-year-old, of Haywood Avenue in the city, admitted a charge of disorderly behaviour.
Belfast Magistrates' Court heard on Friday that he was taken to the Mater on September 14 while in custody for an unrelated matter.
Allsopp began shouting and swearing at officers with him.
A prosecution lawyer said: "He stated they were f****** dirt."
Despite being warned about his behaviour he kept up the verbal abuse in front of other sick people, the court was told.
A defence lawyer acknowledged Allsopp's language was unacceptable but stressed there were no threats of physical violence.
District Judge Fiona Bagnall was also told the accused has now been provisionally diagnosed with schizophrenia.
"He entered a guilty plea at an early opportunity and expressed full remorse for his behaviour," his lawyer added.
Mrs Bagnall pointed out: "The aggravating factor is where this happened, and the impact on staff and patients."
But based on recommendations, she agreed to impose an 18-month probation order.
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