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'I had a glass window put in on top of me': Young offender armed with iron bar causes mayhem in Beaumont Hospital

The damage caused some delays for people in A&E.

The deserted hospital ward following the incident.
The deserted hospital ward following the incident.
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Updated Jul 7th 2018, 12:31 PM

A YOUNG OFFENDER who presented at Beaumont Hospital caused serious damage to toilet facilities before escaping through a window last night.

It is understood that the incident happened around midnight last night and that the young man was brought to the hospital as he said he was feeling unwell.

He asked to use the bathroom when he arrived.

The juvenile then started destroying the facilities in the toilet and escaped out the window.

It is understood a number of emergency patients were told to attend the Mater Hospital as a result of the incident. Beaumont’s A&E department is back up and running as per usual.

A woman attending Beaumont last night said the hospital was put on lockdown.

She said: “I was attending Beaumont at the time of the incident last night. The whole A&E department was put on lockdown down and all patients were evacuated to the main waiting area.

“I had a glass window put in on top of me but escaped unharmed unlike some others.

“Patients and relatives were cut by the glass. Elderly patients had their window put in on top of them too and were cut.

“I just shook it off me and ran for my life. He had the bar off the toilet was swinging it at the prison officers and security. There was about 10 of them against a 13 year old with a bar.”

A garda spokeswoman said: “Gardaí in Santry were called to an incident that occurred in Beaumont Hospital Friday night the 6 July at approximately 11.45pm.

“A juvenile male caused criminal damage to a toilet within the hospital and escaped through the bathroom window.

“He also damaged some windows within the hospital. Male returned to Oberstown Care Centre and will be charged at a later date. Investigations are ongoing.”

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