Man said name is ‘Jack the Ripper’

A drunken man who caused a disturbance outside a hospital emergency department would only give his name to investigating gardaí as "Jack the fucking Ripper".

Garda Tim O’Leary responded to a call to assist staff at the Cork University Hospital & unit shortly before 11pm.

Garda O’Leary said yesterday at Cork District Court: “I met the young man and he refused to give his name and address. All he informed me was that he was ‘Jack the fucking Ripper’.”

The garda arrested him for engaging in threatening and abusive behaviour.

“He was aggressive and in my face and I could smell intoxicating liquor from his breath,” the garda said.

He added that, even though it was 11pm, there were many members of the public and patients around the entrance to the unit.

It was only after the man was arrested and taken to Togher Garda Station that he divulged his name as Joseph Murphy, aged 24, of 11 Ballydaheen, Mallow, Co Cork.

The accused made no appearance in Cork District Court yesterday for the case against him.

Judge Leo Malone sentenced him to four months in prison for refusing to give his name and address to the guard.

He imposed a concurrent two-month sentence on him for engaging in threatening behaviour. A charge of being drunk and a source of danger at the time was taken into consideration.

In an unrelated case, Garda William Hanley responded to a call for assistance at the Mercy University Hospital emergency department & where a patient was belligerent with staff and refusing treatment.

The patient, Shane O’Callaghan, aged 29, of the Simon community in Cork, left the hospital and was later arrested as he was considered to be a danger to himself.

Judge Malone said: “This again took place in a hospital. It is more than the ordinary Section 4 Public Order offence [drunkenness].” The judge fined him €300.

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