Northern Ireland

Man jailed for racist abuse in Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast

A 30-year-old man who racially abused staff at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast has been jailed for two months.

The judge said Garry Alan Montgomery's behaviour was "disgraceful".

The court heard that on 10 January, he racially abused a security guard before continuing the verbal abuse and shouting racist abuse at other staff, including doctors.

Montgomery, from Springfield Road, was convicted of disorderly behaviour.

When he was warned by police about his behaviour, he then verbally abused the officers, using homophobic language.

A defence solicitor pointed out his client had pleaded guilty at the first opportunity and told the court "these offences were committed against a backdrop of his drug addiction".

The judge said the incident was "motivated by hostility" before jailing Montgomery for two months.