Pa­tient hurled abuse at nurses

Ayrshire Post - - Special Report - Abi Smil­lie

A man who suf­fered a head in­jury kicked off at hos­pi­tal staff who were try­ing to help him.

David Young, of Tar­bolton was taken by am­bu­lance to Ayr Hos­pi­tal on July 28 after suf­fer­ing a head knock,

Staff wanted to ad­mit Young overnight due to his in­jury but the 48- year- old kicked off and ver­bally abused them.

He be­gan shout­ing and swear­ing at nurses, plac­ing his face close to theirs.

Of­fi­cers at­tended to at­tempt to calm him down with­out suc­cess.

He was taken to Ayr Po­lice Of­fice but wasn’t cau­tioned and charged due to his hos­tile be­hav­iour.

So­lic­i­tor Quin­ton Muir said: “He ac­cepts he has a long sched­ule of pre­vi­ous con­vic­tions but noth­ing since 2015.

“He’s a dif­fi­cult per­son to gauge.

“He is an ex­tremely in­sight­ful and in­tel­li­gent man but that’s not what presents when he is un­der the in­flu­ence of al­co­hol.

“He apol­o­gises for this rep­re­hen­si­ble be­hav­iour.

“What ap­pears to be the prob­lem was that he didn’t want to be de­tained in hos­pi­tal.

“This was his sec­ond head knock in a num­ber of days which was con­cern­ing for the staff.

Mr Muir told Sher­iff Scott Pat­ti­son that Young has since re- en­gaged with Al­co­holics Anony­mous.

Young pled guilty to shout­ing, swear­ing and be­hav­ing in a threat­en­ing man­ner to mem­bers of staff there.

He was placed on a com­mu­nity pay­back or­der as an al­ter­na­tive to cus­tody and will re­ceive 18 months su­per­vi­sion.

He was also or­dered to at­tend al­co­hol coun­selling.

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