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Man punched Antrim A&E patient after foot touched him

Defence counsel Aaron Thompson accepted the touch from the injured party was minimal and there was an over reaction by the defendant (stock photo)
Defence counsel Aaron Thompson accepted the touch from the injured party was minimal and there was an over reaction by the defendant (stock photo)

By Paul Higgins

A man who punched a hospital patient has been ordered to complete 120 hours of Community Service.

Antrim Crown Court heard that John Albert Scott (31) was at the town's A&E department with his girlfriend after she had taken a drug overdose on July 7 last year.

Prosecuting counsel Michael Chambers told the court the victim, Mervyn Smith, was "in a state of intoxication". He fell over a number of times and he was placed on a trolley for his own safety.

His foot brushed against Scott who punched him in the face causing swelling to his eye.

Arrested and interviewed, Scott, from West Street in Ballycarry, claimed the victim had been acting badly in the department and punched him because he was upset about his girlfriend.

Defence counsel Aaron Thompson accepted the touch from the injured party was minimal and there was an over reaction by the defendant.

Judge Melody McReynolds told him he had made a "disproportionate response".

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