Man jailed for shocking A&E staff abuse

State urged to read every ‘sickening’ word if appealed

A district court judge who described the verbal abuse hurled at A&E staff as a “litany of the worst type of thuggery” sentenced the man responsible to a total of three months in jail.

Judge Mary Fahy was left so shocked at the behaviour of Trevor Folan that she urged the State to read out every “unsettling and sickening” word if an appeal is lodged so that the “facts are not pushed under the carpet”.

The 25-year-old with an address at 270 Castlepark, Ballybane, was brought before Galway District Court yesterday and pleaded guilty to two counts of being intoxicated in a public place and two counts of threatening and abusive behaviour.

Garda Cathal Rodgers gave evidence that on January 27 2007, he had been on duty with Sgt Senan Wall when they received a call to go to Bodkin’s bar on the Dublin Road where they found the defendant drunk and lying on the ground. When Folan complained of neck pains an ambulance was called and he was taken to UHG.

At 4.05am that same day the gardai received a call to go to A&E. Garda Rodgers said that when they arrived at the “packed” A&E they heard Folan roaring and threatening nurses, doctors, and security. Such was the commotion that Garda Rodgers and Sgt Wall had to stay for almost two hours in order to restrain the defendant who eventually had to be moved to a private room.

The court heard that the verbal and sexually explicit abuse made to nurses included: “I’ll break your f**king nose,” and “I’ll f**king kill you and slit your throat”. Folan also fired racial abuse at a doctor calling him a “f**king Paki”.

Inspector Pat McHugh then told the court that on October 27 2008, at 2.50am the defendant was found roaring at door staff at Karma night club in Ball Alley Lane. When Garda Nugent approached Folan threatened to head-butt him. Folan has two previous convictions for public order offences in October 2006 and November 2002.

Defence solicitor Adrian McLynn said that his client accepts his behaviour was “more than outrageous” at A&E but that he had no recollection of it.

“These are the most outrageous facts I have ever heard on a Section 6 offence and that’s saying a lot. It is compounded by the fact that it happened in UHG where staff were under stress and pressure trying to deal with the very sick people that were there,” said Judge Fahy who imposed a total of three months in jail and a €200 fine payable forthwith.

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