Doctor 'used iPhone as offensive weapon'

Published Wednesday, 08 January 2014
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A female doctor has appeared at Londonderry Magistrates' Court charged with a number of offences including assaulting two police officers and using her iPhone as an offensive weapon.

Doctor 'used iPhone as offensive weapon'
Kerr leaves the Derry courthouse. (© UTV)

Dr Eireann Kerr is charged with assaulting a male and female police officer, disorderly behaviour, resisting police and possessing an offensive weapon in a public place.

The 30-year-old from Marlborough Park in Belfast works as a doctor at Altnagelvin Hospital and the charges relate to an incident following a staff night out in Derry city centre in the weeks leading up to Christmas.

A police officer told the court he believes he could connect the defendant to all five charges.

Kerr's defence solicitor said representations are being made in relation to the matter.

Regarding the charge of possession of an offensive weapon in a public place - namely an iPhone - Deputy District Judge Joseph McCrystan said: "It appears we have an app for everything."

Kerr was released on continuing bail and ordered not to be intoxicated in a public place and to submit to a preliminary breath test.

She is scheduled to appear before the court again on 23 January.

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41 Comments
Phil in Belfast wrote (336 days ago):
Thomas... How does the fact she was drunk affect her medical decision making sober?? Very strange link to make
Jimmy in Belfast wrote (340 days ago):
Just dont get this, resisting the Police is a statement that crops up, what exactly did she have to resist and how can an iphone be used as a weapon. She has a stressful job and is allowed to enjoy herself, its just a shame, unfortunately this incident looks like it got out of control and will look upon her unfavorably, I'm sure it has no bearing on her ability to do her job well.
Lyle in Antrim wrote (340 days ago):
That's a joke so basically you cant even take ur phone out with you now or else it's an offensive weapon haha. It's ok but for the police to use brutality all the time on people for nothing and get away with it the justice system is a joke and so are the police
Sean in Derry wrote (341 days ago):
overkill by the press. if she has no previous convictions I hope she gets a sentence which will ensure she doesn't re-offend and gives her a chance to keep her job this time. not to much support on here for the police officers. how many of you would find it acceptable going to your work and being assaulted.
have a nice day. in Derry wrote (341 days ago):
@sam1690 its good to talk.. ya get to walk...lol..
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