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Overdose woman assaulted police in her hospital room


A 29-YEAR-old woman was convicted at Enniskillen Magistrates Court of attacking police who were called to hospital after she refused to remain in her room.
Vicky Millar of Deverney Park in Omagh appeared on Wednesday charged with assaulting a police sergeant at the South West Acute Hospital on 8th July last.
The court heard that police attended the hospital at 9.15pm on the date in question after Millar was seen walking down a corridor looking for an exit when she was required to remain in her room for mental health reasons. Police informed Millar several times that she was required to stay in her room but she walked on before picking up a white tray from a medical trolley and attempting to use it as a weapon against police. She then fell into a computer in the nurses station. Millar was eventually brought to the ground and handcuffed before being calmed down and returned to her room where she grabbed the officer’s left arm and started to swing at her.
Defence solicitor Michael Fahy told the court that no injuries whatsoever were caused to the police officer.
“Given the venue, there was no threat of violence towards the medial professionals who were not inconvenienced in the midst of doing a very difficult job. My client was admitted to hospital at the time in view of her suicidal intentions and attempted overdose but there has been nothing negative to report since,” Mr Fahy added.
Deputy District Judge Laura Ivers was told that Millar had ten previous convictions for assaulting police.
“There were lots of people trying to help you that day including the sergeant who bore the brunt of your actions,” the judge added. Millar was given a two year probation order.


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