Hartlepool addict threatened care workers over methadone dose

A person taking methadone.
A person taking methadone.

A drug user lost his temper after care staff told him he couldn’t get a methadone prescription immediately.

Kevin Rowbotham threatened two members of staff at the addictive behaviour unit in Whitby Street, Hartlepool, after arriving late for his appointment, town magistrates heard.

“He was told he could not have a prescription until the next day,” said Katherine Hannah, prosecuting. “At this point he became threatening and abusive.

“Rowbotham told one member of staff she wouldn’t get home that night unless he got his script straight away.

“Police were called and he was arrested.”

Rowbotham, 29, of Colwyn Road, Hartlepool, admitted using threatening words and behaviour on July 23.

Stuart Hayward, defending, said in mitigation: “Mr Rowbotham is ashamed and remorseful for behaving in the way that he did.

“He has spent one night in custody, so has had a taste of what will happen if he loses his temper again.

“The unit in Whitby Street does not want him back, which means he will have to get his methadone elsewhere.

“This is causing him some inconvenience, and will continue to do, which is a punishment in itself.”

Rowbotham was ordered to pay £260 in fines and costs, and a further £50 compensation to each of two staff at the unit.

The money will be deducted from his benefits.