Eireann Kerr: Doctor guilty of assault on police in Londonderry

Image caption Dr Eireann Kerr said her drink had been spiked

A hospital anaesthetist has been found guilty of two charges of assaulting police officers after a Christmas party night out in Londonderry.

Dr Eireann Kerr, 32, was also found guilty of disorderly behaviour and resisting a police officer after her arrest at Strand Road police station on 13 December 2013.

She had said her drink had been spiked and that explained her behaviour.

She was given a two-month conditional discharge.

Kerr, of Malborough Park South in Belfast, had been working at Altnagelvin Hospital and had been to several pubs in the city while on a staff night out.

Hindered

A prosecution barrister said she knew exactly what she was doing and had referred to police officers as "peasants".

The judge at Londonderry Magistrates' Court said it did not give him any pleasure to find her guilty.

He said he had no doubt her drink had been spiked, but that this was not a defence in law.

A defence barrister told the court that as a result of her conviction, Kerr's career could now be at an end because of the actions of another individual who spiked her drink.

The barrister said he would appeal the conviction and appeal bail was fixed at £250.