Magherafelt man ‘abusive to staff in health centre’


A Magherafelt man who was abusive to staff in a health centre has been released on bail.

Brian Stewart Coulter, of Princes Terrace, is charged with disorderly behaviour relating to an incident in the Diamond Health Centre on April 17.

Derry Magistrates Court heard the 54-year-old went into the health centre drunk shortly after 10:30am and became abusive when he was told he was no longer registered as a patient there.

He banged his fists on the counter and began shouting about another man who was a patient waiting to be seen in the centre.

The court was told Coulter shouted ‘this isn’t over I am going to kill that b******’ and also made other comments about the UVF.

There were mothers and children in the waiting room and police were called.

When officers arrived he became abusive and had to be restrained.

Police opposed bail for fear of further offences. An investigating officer told the court the 54-year-old has a ‘significant record’ and most of the offences were committed whilst he is under the influence of alcohol.

The officer also revealed that Coulter is no longer a patient at this particular health centre because of a previous incident.

A defence solicitor said the 54-year-old has a ‘long standing problem with alcohol’ and is pleading guilty to the charge. However, he assured the court there would be no reason for Coulter to go back to the health centre in Magherafelt and this disorderly behaviour ‘arose out of a specific set of circumstances’.

District Judge Nigel Broderick released Coulter on his own bail of £500 and banned him from being intoxicated in a public place. Sentencing was adjourned for a probation pre-sentence report to be compiled and the 54-year-old will appear at Magherafelt Court on May 28.