Man jumped into the River Bann

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A Portadown man who jumped into the River Bann in the town told police who arrived at the scene he had ‘just been for a swim’.

Conrad Robinson (42) of Festival Road became aggressive and, when taken to Craigavon Hospital, his behaviour continued.

When he appeared last Wednesday at Craigavon Court he admitted three charges of resisting police and disorderly behaviour at the hospital.

The court heard that on October 18 last year police received a report of a man jumping into the River Bann.

When they arrived at the scene they saw the defendant walking out of the river. He was soaking wet and irate, shouting that he had just been for a swim.

Police had serious concerns about his health and, as they were escorting him to a police vehicle, he became aggressive and attempted to lash out.

He had to be taken to the ground and ignored requests for him to calm down. Because of his aggressive behaviour, police travelled with him in the back of an ambulance to the hospital.

Robinson was put in a side ward but continued to struggle and had to be held down on the hospital bed. A staff nurse tried to speak to him but he was abusive.

Finally he calmed down and when the handcuffs were removed he apologised for his actions. He co-operated when family members arrived at the hospital.

District Judge, Mr Mervyn Bates, said it was a ‘long story’ but was concerned at the locus of where this happened.

He added that he was going to get a pre-sentence report and adjourned the matter until July 8.