Man is jailed after lunging at pregnant nurse

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A 43-year-old man who lunged at a nurse who was 29 weeks pregnant was given a three month prison sentence last Friday at Craigavon Magistrates Court.

Stephen McMullan, of no fixed abode, appeared in court by way of videolink from Maghaberry prison.

The court heard that on December 31 last year police were tasked to the Bluestone unit where they spoke to a member of staff. She was visibly shaken.

The nurse, who was 29 weeks pregnant at the time, said she had been preparing medication for other patients.

She added that the defendant was hostile and aggressive and continued to act aggressively before lunging towards her.

She reacted by activating her personal alarm and closing the door, leaving the defendant outside.

McMullan accepted he had been shouting at her but did not mean to cause alarm to her.

Mr Gabriel Ingram, representing the defendant, said it was obviously a serious matter but there was no physical assault.

He described McMullan as a man with some history of mental health problems.

Mr Ingram said his client had been in custody since New Year’s Eve and would apologise for his behaviour.

McMullan was trying to make a point to her, added Mr Ingram.

District Judge, Mrs Bernie Kelly, said it was a very serious offence and there was only one penalty she could impose.