Fort man fac­ing jail term af­ter hos­pi­tal out­burst

The Oban Times - - News -

PRISON ap­pears the likely des­ti­na­tion for a man who caused a dis­rup­tion in Fort Wil­liam’s Belford Hos­pi­tal.

Ap­pear­ing at Fort Wil­liam Sher­iff Court on Tues­day, Craig Cook of 8 Brown Court in the town ad­mit­ted shout­ing and swear­ing at accident and emer­gency staff on the night of June 11 last year, af­ter drink­ing so much he needed med­i­cal at­ten­tion.

The court heard the 24-yearold was be­hav­ing ag­gre­sively and shout­ing in front of other pa­tients, in­clud­ing chil­dren, and was at the hos­pi­tal due to ‘ex­treme lev­els of in­tox­i­ca­tion’.

De­fence so­lic­i­tor Hamish Mel­rose said the night is a ‘ blur’ to his client but he re­alises he should not have drank as much as he did.

Sher­iff Richard David­son de­ferred sen­tenc­ing un­til Fe­bru­ary 2 for back­ground re­ports, but said he was only do­ing so be­cause he was ‘bound by the law’.

He added: ‘In­stead of be­ing grate­ful to the staff who were try­ing to treat you, you were abu­sive to them and caused fear and alarm to other pa­tients.

‘Un­less I find some­thing ex­cep­tional in the re­port you will be go­ing to prison.

‘I will not tol­er­ate this be­hav­iour.’

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