Belfast Telegraph

Man jailed after kicking A&E doctor at Lagan Valley Hospital

By Paul Higgins

A Lisburn man who kicked a hospital doctor in the groin has been jailed for five months.

The city's magistrates court heard how police were called to the A&E department at the Lagan Valley Hospital on July 25 because Curtis Neill (21) was "causing a disturbance".

As well as damaging gates at the hospital, Neill "pushed a doctor and kicked him in the groin", a prosecutor told the court.

Neill, from Graham's Place, was arrested and interviewed and although he claimed he could not remember the incident, he later pleaded guilty to charges of common assault and criminal damage.

Neill's barrister Peter Coiley conceded that regardless of Neill's reasons for attending hospital, his behaviour was "simply unacceptable and deplorable" and had led to "very grave charges".

Jailing Neill for five months, District Judge Rosie Watters told Neill that "courts take a very dim view" of such assaults.

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