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Man is jailed after threat to 'cut judge's throat'

A man who threatened to cut a judge's throat after being arrested for shouting and swearing in a hospital has been jailed.

Michael Anthony McDermott (24) of Duke's Lane in Ballykelly admitted charges of being disorderly in the A&E department of the Causeway Hospital, Coleraine, and resisting police on December 19.

The Magistrates Court in Londonderry was told yesterday that on that date police approached a parked taxi where they found the defendant intoxicated in the rear seat.

He was arrested for being in breach of bail as he was not supposed to take alcohol and was also supposed to stay out of Limavady and observe a curfew.

McDermott had an injury to his head and was taken to the Causeway Hospital where he began shouting and swearing at staff and members of the public.

He was warned about his behaviour and when he was eventually restrained, McDermott shouted: "I'll cut the judge's throat."

Defence counsel Stephen Mooney said his client accepted that it was a case that called for immediate custody.

He added that 'thankfully' there was no violence involved.

Deputy District judge Paul Connolly invoked a previous suspended sentence and sentenced McDermott to five months in prison.

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