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Community service for woman who shouted and swore in Craigavon Area Hospital

Her defence said: 'I have only met her twice but in the cold light of day she does appear to be a quiet and mild mannered young girl'

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A Tullygally woman who shouted and swore at a hospital after being taken there by police has been sentenced to 100 hours community service.

The 21-year-old’s barrister told court: “I have only met her twice but in the cold light of day she does appear to be a quiet and mild mannered young girl.”

Ursula Avery, of Carrigart Crescent, appeared for sentencing on disorderly behaviour at Craigavon Magistrates’ Court on Friday.

Prosecution outlined that on August 6, at 12.05am, police received a report from the defendant that she was assaulted.

Officers arrived to shouting and swearing in the street and after observing that Avery was injured they conveyed her to Craigavon Area Hospital.

Whilst there, the defendant began shouting and swearing again. She also started to bang her head on the walls in the hospital.

This continued despite her being warned on several occasions. She was subsequently arrested and cautioned for disorderly behaviour.

Defence barrister Conor Lunny said: “There are no excuses for her behaviour. She instructs she was intoxicated and she tried to intervene in a fight between two males when she got injured.

“I have only met her twice but in the cold light of day she does appear to be a quiet and mild mannered young girl.”

He added: “She seems to have calmed down. At the time she was homeless but she has moved to the Tullygally area away from those like minded individuals.”

District Judge Steven Keown commented: “There is no reason if she has it under control that she can’t do community service.”

Mr Lunny stated: “She is aware that due to the locus this would normally cross the custody threshold. She has made contact with mental health services and community addictions.”

Avery was sentenced 100 hours community service.

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