Man Jailed For Chewing Heart Monitor Wires in Ireland
A Co Antrim man has been sentenced to eight months in jail for attempting to chew his way through the wires of an ambulance heart machine as he was being taken to hospital for a head injury.
The Northern Ireland Ambulance Service (NIAS) said it hopes the sentence handed down to Broughshane man Brian Caldwell, of Rocavan Meadows, would "act as a deterrent to any like minded individual".
Caldwell was sentenced at Ballymena Magistrates Court, almost two months after the incident in the town in September.
The court heard that police were called after the 41-year-old headbutted a door at The Thatch Inn.
He was abusive to police and as officers tried to accompany him in an ambulance they had to then restrain him from chewing through the wires of an ECG machine.
The court heard that Caldwell was then abusive to staff at Antrim Area Hospital and also spat in the face of a police officer.
A pre-sentence report detailed Caldwell's impaired cognitive function as a result of a previous head injury and a defence solicitor told the court that his client had "took some alcohol and took leave of his senses" adding that he was "disgusted with his behaviour".
Sentencing Caldwell to eight months imprisonment, District Judge Des Perry described the Broughshane man's behaviour as "appalling".
"While the court has sympathy for your injury, this is the worst case - of this type - that I've seen."
NIAS said it welcomed the "tough stance taken by the courts in relation to this incident.
"We sincerely hope that this sentence will act as a deterrent to any like minded individual and that our staff will be able to go about their duties unhindered."
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