A drunk man who launched a frightening tirade of abuse in a hospital and threatened to ‘smash a nurse’s face in’ has avoided jail.
Carl Trousdale, 37, had gone to Fairfield General Hospital in Bury for treatment for a wound to his finger, but became abusive after waiting just 10 minutes.
He stormed into the triage room as a nurse dealt with another patient and said; “my f***ing finger has swollen up, it feels like it’s going to fall off, all you’re doing is taking her f***ing pulse’.
Trousdale, of Prestwich, then continued to swear and shout at the nurse making her feel ‘intimidated and in fear of attack’, Manchester Magistrates Court heard.
Fairfield General Hospital in Bury
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She felt so scared that she pressed her panic button, prosecutor Robin Lynch told the court.
Other patients in the waiting room at the time of the incident at around 2.20pm on May 26 were described as feeling ‘uncomfortable’.
Two actually left because of Trousdale’s behaviour.
A senior nurse approached him and asked him to sit back down, before wrapping a bandage around his finger as it was ‘bleeding everywhere’.
But Trousdale – who was ‘highly intoxicated’ – then questioned whether another patient was seen in the triage room before him ‘because she was a Muslim’.
Trousdale was sentenced at Manchester Magistrates Court
He then called a senior nurse a a ‘f***ing stupid b****’ and threatened to ‘smash her face in’, the court heard.
Security guards had to be called in and patients had to be moved into another room for their own safety.
In a victim personal statement previously read to the court, one of the nurses said: “The defendant’s behaviour made me feel threatened and fearful.
“I’ve had conflict and resolution training, but I wouldn’t know how to reason with him due to the power coming from him.
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“I’ve never had anything like this any time I have been working as a nurse.
“I’ve been shouted at before but I couldn’t diffuse this situation.
“I come to work to help people, not to be treated in an abusive way or be made to feel frightened of carrying on with my job.”
Defending, Stephen Connor said his client – who has 38 convictions for 62 previous offences – has underlying mental health issues which should be taken into consideration.
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He added: “There is no doubt that this is a shocking case.
“There are underlying health issues here that combined with the alcohol being consumed led to him behaving totally inappropriately and unacceptably.
“The defendant has been diagnosed with suffering from paranoia and has a personality disorder.”
Mr Connor asked the judge to consider suspending any period of immediate custody.
District Judge Bernard Begley agreed to suspend the sentence, telling Trousdale: “It is the right thing to do to plead guilty to these offences and you recognise how foolish and inappropriate your behaviour was.
“I’ve got a duty to protect people in that type of employment. They are entitled to go about their work without people like you causing trouble.
“Your behaviour was wholly inappropriate and unjustified.”
Trousdale, of Roman Road, Prestwich, pleaded guilty to two counts of using threatening words/behaviour with intent to cause fear of unlawful violence, one count of assault by beating of an emergency worker and two counts of using threatening words/behaviour to cause harassment, alarm or distress.
He was sentenced to 26 weeks imprisonment, suspended for 18 months.
He also has to complete 25 rehabilitation activity requirement days, complete a nine-month alcohol treatment programme and pay compensation to the victims.