A Trefnant man has been jailed for threatening night staff at Ysbyty Glan Clwyd in a drunken outburst.
Peter McGuiness pleaded guilty to being abusive to A&E doctors when he was taken to the Bodelwyddan hospital on Thursday 7th January following a row with his father. He was due to be sentenced on Monday but failed to turn up at Prestatyn magistrates court – and punished with another week in prison.
The 26 year-old, who lives in a flat above the Trefnant Hotel, had been taken to hospital after sustaining a gash to his leg. Damage had been caused to the flat during the argument.
Prosecutors said the on-duty doctor, Eve Blakemore, felt threatened and intimidated when McGuiness shouted to her ”You’re all f*****g paedophiles”. He held a phone over his head as he asked nurse Jane Parkinson: ”What are you going to do about it?”
Staff left him to calm down, but McGuinness stormed out of the treatment room and damaged the door – he also stole a medical hammer. Police arrested him after his gash had been stitched – he later accepted he had been abusive but couldn’t remember much about what happened because he had been drunk.
The defence said McGuinness knew he was ”out of order” against medical staff who were trying to help him. He suffered from depression and panic attacks after a troubled upbringing and was seeking help for a drinking problem.
McGuinness was given a four-month sentence for his behaviour and a further week to failing to appear in court earlier this week.
District judge Gwyn Jones told him his behaviour also affected other patients in the hospital that night: ”The job of the professionals was made much more difficult when they were trying to treat you in accordance with their profession…you threatened the doctor, who feared for her personal safety.”