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Michael Hanrahan jailed for punching doctor and head-butting nurse at Daisy Hill hospital

Image caption Hanrahan had been at Daisy Hill hospital as a patient having taken a suspected drug overdose when he head-butted a nurse

A man who punched a doctor twice in the head after a row over the scanning of his pregnant partner has been jailed for six months.

Michael Hanrahan, of Glenmore Park in Dundalk, had been waiting for around five hours at Newry's Daisy Hill hospital on March 11 last year when he assaulted the doctor.

In a separate incident, Hanrahan head-butted a nurse at the same hospital.

He was jailed for three months on each count.

In the first incident, Hanrahan was told that his partner was not going to have an ultrasound examination that day, but would be referred back to the early pregnancy clinic.

It was at this point that he punched the doctor twice in the head before taking his wife from the cubicle where she had been waiting and leaving the hospital through doors normally used by ambulance staff.

A week later, 34-year-old Hanrahan head-butted a nurse.

On that occasion, he had been at the hospital as a patient having taken a suspected drug overdose.

The prosecution argued that the assaults were aggravated by the fact that they took place on medical staff carrying out their duties.

The court was told that Hanrahan was one of 10 children from a traveller family in Dublin and that he had a long history of drug abuse.

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