Danny Merritt had called to see his girlfriend at Letterkenny General Hospital on October 18th last.
Merritt, 24, had been reading his girlfriend’s notes in the ward but was then told he could not by a passing nurse.
Merritt’s girlfriend said she had given him permission to read the notes but the nurse claimed he was still not entitled to read the notes.
He then began to challenge the nurse and two security personnel had to be called to remove the accused man from the hospital.
Gardai eventually arrived and arrested Merritt under the Public Order Act.
Solicitor Frank Dorrian told Letterkenny District Court he could not explain why his clientwanted to read his girlfriend’s medical chart as he has no medical experience.
Merritt, of Barns Court, Ballybofey, told Judge Paul Kelly that he was sorry for what had happened but was concerned for his girlfriend.
He admitted he had been drinking but was not drunk.
Judge Kelly told Merritt that he had no right to be in a hospital ward at 2.30am and disturbing other patients.
“People are trying to sleep and you are carrying on like this. He may have felt he was in the right but this was no place or an argument,” he said.
He ordered Merritt to do 60 hours community service in lieu of three months in prison.
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