Thug threat­ened to rape hos­pi­tal worker’s fam­ily

KNIFEMAN CLAIMED TO BE A MEM­BER OF SAL­FORD’S NO­TO­RI­OUS A-TEAM GANG

Manchester Evening News - - NEWS - By SO­PHIE HALLE-RICHARDS so­[email protected] @so­phiehrMEN

The public need pro­tect­ing from of­fences like th­ese

Judge Ta­nia Grif­fiths QC at Manch­ester Crown Court

A KNIFEMAN who threat­ened to stab a hos­pi­tal se­cu­rity guard to death and rape his fam­ily has been spared jail.

Lee Steen­son, 31, de­clared him­self a mem­ber of no­to­ri­ous Sal­ford gang the A-team dur­ing a stand-off at Sal­ford Royal Hos­pi­tal last month.

Dur­ing a drink-fu­elled out­burst out­side the hos­pi­tal’s pathol­ogy lab, Steen­son had to be tack­led by three se­cu­rity guards. They man­aged to de­tain and re­move his eight-inch blade before po­lice ar­rived.

After ad­mit­ting of­fences of us­ing threat­en­ing lan­guage and pos­ses­sion of a blade, Steen­son was hauled before Manch­ester Crown Court to be sen­tenced.

Judge Ta­nia Grif­fiths QC blasted his be­hav­iour on Oc­to­ber 2 as ‘dis­gust­ing’ and ‘de­spi­ca­ble’ as she told him he de­served to be sent straight to prison.

But after hear­ing that Steen­son had re­cently been di­ag­nosed with a emo­tional and un­sta­ble per­son­al­ity dis­or­der,

Judge Grif­fiths was per­suaded oth­er­wise.

Steen­son, of Green­brow Road, Wythen­shawe, was sen­tenced to 15 months in jail sus­pended for two years.

He was also or­dered to com­plete an al­co­hol treat­ment pro­gramme and re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion re­quire­ment.

Pros­e­cu­tor, Rachel Wid­di­combe told the court that at around 1.35am, a se­cu­rity guard on duty at the hos­pi­tal asked the de­fen­dant to leave the hos­pi­tal after see­ing him smok­ing and act­ing strangely while sit­ting next to an empty wine bot­tle.

Steen­son be­gan to get ag­gres­sive and threat­ened to stab the se­cu­rity guard to death and put his hands to his waist band, mak­ing the guard think he was car­ry­ing a knife, the judge was told. The court heard that Steen­son told the guard he was a mem­ber of the A-team and threat­ened to get mem­bers of the gang to back him up.

He then ran to­wards the se­cu­rity guard, who had by that point asked for back-up, and Steen­son was wres­tled to the ground before he was found to be car­ry­ing an eight-inch blade. Steen­son’s de­fence bar­ris­ter, Stu­art Duke, told the court his client had a long history of men­tal ill­ness. Sen­tenc­ing Steen­son, Judge Ta­nia Grif­fiths QC said: “The public need pro­tect­ing from of­fences like th­ese. But given my re­spon­si­bil­ity is to pro­tect the public, if there is a chance of re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion you should get it.”

Lee Steen­son

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