A violent NHS doctor who unleashed a series of public, drunken attacks over a period of three years faces being struck off.
Dr Roisin Hamilton attacked police, airport staff and her own husband over a three-year period and was charged with misconduct after she was repeatedly arrested.
The 38-year-old threw hot coffee over a Duty Free worker and vomited after getting drunk on vodka when her plane was delayed by three hours.
One of the haematology expert’s violent outbursts forced her estranged husband to shut himself in her family home away from the mother of two.
Hamilton even bit a police officer after colleagues stopped her driving away from a hospital while drunk.
Her latest outburst occurred when police had to arrest Hamilton for being drunk and abusive during a store opening at a shopping mall in Northern Ireland. As they detained her, Hamilton dug her finger nail into one officer’s arm and shouted: ‘F*** you!’ before repeatedly punching a WPC sat next to her in a patrol car.
The mother of two doctor struggled so violently she had to be put in handcuffs and leg restraints before being placed in a cell to sober up.
She has blamed her outbursts on chronic alcohol addiction arising from diagnosed anxiety and depression. Hamilton said she was ‘mortified and ashamed’ of her actions and said they ‘did not represent her as a person’ in a statement heard by the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service in Manchester.
Hamilton, of Bearsden, East Dumbartonshire, was suspended from medical practise in October over the three incidents and her crashing her car while almost five times the alcohol limit.
The incidents began in June 2015 after the Aberdeen and Glasgow hospitals completed a Masters Degree in Haematopathology.
Colleagues saw her drunkenly approaching her car and persuaded her to hand over the keys before Hamilton bit a police officer’s finger as he asked to take a breath test.
She paid a £980 fine and was banned from driving for a year after admitting failing to provide a breath specimen and assault on police.
But the next year officers arrested her as after she stumbled through Glasgow airport’s Duty Free area while waiting for a flight to rehab in Northern Ireland.
Staff offered to help, only for her to vomit on the floor and throw scalding coffee onto the foot of an employee.
She then screamed ‘f*** off, I’ll kill you’ and ‘f*** off you f***ing b****’, while lashing out with her hands and legs after workers erected a privacy screen to shield her from view.
Hamilton hit, kicked and scratched her husband in a drunken rage as he threw her out of their home. She threw a desk organiser at the house and police arrested her again.
In January 2017 Hamilton was ordered to complete 200 hours of unpaid work and pay £200 compensation for threatening behaviour and assault – but the following August police arrested her again for drink-driving on Jubilee Park, Armagh, after she crashed a fence and wheelie bin, while pedestrians were in the vicinity.
She had 161 microgrammes of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath – the legal limit being 35mg.
Hamilton pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol and fined £300 fine and disqualified from driving for 18 months in September 2017.
The latest incident took place at 3pm on February 3 2018 when Hamilton was seen in a drunken condition at the Quays Shopping Centre in Newry.
Police called an ambulance as she sat unresponsive after security staff held her for causing a disturbance, General Medical Council lawyer Susanna Kitzing said.
She swore, shouted and lashed out at paramedics with her arms and verbally abused officers as elderly people and children looked on, Ms Kitzing added.
Hamilton tried to break out of a police vehicle and officers arrested her for disorderly behaviour, she said.
‘She was described as acting in an erratic manner, her pupils were dilated and officers believed she was under the influence of a substance,’ the lawyer said. The doctor dug her nails into an officer who was searching her and said: ‘F*** you.’
As she sat in the police vehicle, she punched an officer in the right arm several times, the tribunal heard.
‘The officer said Dr Hamilton became increasingly aggressive and hence they were forced to remove her from the vehicle and restrain her on the ground,’ the lawyer said. ‘As they were removing her from the car, Dr Hamilton kicked out at the legs of the officers several times.
Officers placed her in leg restraints before they put Hamilton back in the police vehicle, she added, then said ‘thank you’ as officers cautioned her before they put her in a cell to calm down.
Hamilton – who has voluntarily not worked since 2015 and is now divorced – admitted disorderly behaviour and assault on police in March 2018. The majority of her hearing is expected to be held in private. The case continues.