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Man found topless in street damaged hospital property after taking alcohol and Ecstasy

Defendant given week to show 'true sign of remorse' and pay for damage

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A Lurgan man has been given the chance to pay for the damage he caused to a hospital wall whilst under the influence of alcohol and Ecstasy.

Court heard the 20-year-old struck the wall in Craigavon Area Hospital after trying to leave before treatment.

Nathan Power, of Springwell Gardens, pleaded guilty to criminal damage when the case came before Craigavon Magistrates’ on Friday.

It was outlined how, in the early hours of March 22, police were called to reports of the defendant standing topless in the middle of a street.

When approached by officers Power admitted he had taken Ecstasy and alcohol.

He told officers he wished to go to hospital.

Officers noted that the defendant was acting strangely but never reacted aggressively towards them.

Power was escorted to Craigavon Area Hospital with police leaving after his parents arrived.

Officers were later called back to the hospital by staff who said the defendant wanted to leave before he received treatment.

It was revealed that Power’s parents tried to convince him to stay but he struck a wall, causing damage estimated at £200.

He was interviewed on March 27 at Lurgan police station where he made full admissions to the criminal damage charge, with officers saying he appeared very apologetic.

District Judge Bernie Kelly told the defendant: “The true sign of remorse is something I can see which in this case is £200.”

Power was given until next week to offer restitution.

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