Drunk fined for hospital staff abuse

North Somerset Courthouse

North Somerset Courthouse - Credit: Archant

A DRUNK man was abusive to Weston General Hospital staff in its A&E department because he was ‘trying to get help’, a court heard.

Marcus Holden appeared at North Somerset Courthouse on Monday to plead guilty to the charge of using abusive words or disorderly behaviour likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress.

The incident happened on November 1 and the court was told the 42-year-old was intoxicated when he arrived at the hospital.

Prosecutor Mae Lee said: “He was warned by the security guards but he continued to be abusive and was asked to leave the building.

“He swore again and refused to leave and was detained on the floor until police arrived.”


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Holden, of Rectory Drive in Yatton, represented himself in court and said: “I am guilty of the language but I went there to get help.

“I have been off drugs for six years and I had been to a party and relapsed, so I went there to get help.

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“My wife was there at the time and they pinned me down and called the police when I just wanted to go home.

“I have sorted myself out and I did have a job until two weeks ago (until becoming ill).

“After working for five years I am disgusted.”

Chair magistrate Nasor Ali said: “When incidents like this happen to public servants we have to take it more seriously.”

Holden was fined £73 for the offence and ordered to pay £85 for court costs and a £20 victim surcharge.

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