Abusive to hospital staff

A Portlaoise man who was abusive to hospital staff after being brought by ambulance to the Midlands Hospital following an asthma attack was last week given community service in lieu of prison.

A Portlaoise man who was abusive to hospital staff after being brought by ambulance to the Midlands Hospital following an asthma attack was last week given community service in lieu of prison.

Before the district court in Portlaoise was Gerry Molloy, 7 Bruach Na hAbhann, Portlaoise, was charged with threatening or abusive behaviour, at the Midlands Hospital, Portlaoise, on November 15 last year.

Inspector Aidan Farrelly gave evidence that after being brought to hospital in an ambulance, Molloy started threatening the staff. He was also abusive towards the gardaí when they arrived.

Molloy had 19 previous convictions for public order offences.

Defence, Mr Philip Meagher said that Molloy had drink taken on the night and had suffered an asthma attack.

“He shouldn’t be drinking,” admitted Mr Meagher.

Judge Catherine Staines imposed 150 hours’ community service in lieu of three months in prison.