Belfast Telegraph

Man accused of disorderly behaviour in Craigavon hospital

By Alan Erwin

A Co Armagh man accused of being disorderly in a hospital following a house fire must remain in custody, a High Court judge has ruled.

Reuben John Glen was refused bail amid claims he shouted and swore in a busy accident and emergency ward where he was to be treated for suspected carbon monoxide poisoning.

Prosecutors alleged the 29-year-old ignored repeated warnings to calm down during the incident at Craigavon Area Hospital last November.

Glen, of Colban Crescent in Lurgan, faces one charge of disorderly behaviour.

The court heard he was admitted to the hospital amid concerns about potential poisoning following a house fire, but left a short time later.

Crown lawyer Iryna Kennedy claimed he was located again in Lurgan, apparently under the influence of drugs.

On his return to the hospital Glen was agitated and began shouting and swearing, she alleged.

Mrs Kennedy said: "This was quite a disturbance... there were members of the public present, patients and medical staff who attempted to explain to him why he was to remain for treatment.

"He was warned a number of times, but wouldn't heed the warnings to calm down."

Opposing bail due to concerns about potential re-offending, she claimed the accused is a user of Class A drugs.

Defence counsel said Glen cannot remember the incident.

"It's unsavoury when people and sick patients are waiting to be dealt with," he acknowledged.

Denying bail, Madam Justice McBride said the charge was aggravated by allegedly occurring in a hospital.

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