‘Obnoxious’ hospital yob sent to jail

A THUG described as “thoroughly obnoxious” after terrorising hospital staff and patients has been jailed.

Paul Nash, 27, screamed obscenities at doctors and staff at the University Hartlepool of Hospital where he was being treated in the accident and emergency department.

A police officer who was at the hospital at 11.45pm on March 30 was approached by staff who were concerned about Nash’s behaviour.

Teesside Crown Court heard that Nash had left after being treated, but the officer found him in Easington Road and returned him to the reception area.

Nash then swore at doctors and staff who were attending to him in the treatment area and continued to be abusive throughout the night after he was transferred to the emergency assessment unit, to the alarm of other patients.

Judge Michael Taylor told Nash: “The prisons are full enough without people like you there.

“You were thoroughly obnoxious in your behaviour in hospital.”

Nash also went to the One Stop store, in Catcote Road, Hartlepool, at 9.15pm on April 23 where he walked out with a pack of lager without paying for it.

He said later that he had drunk it because he had an alcohol dependency.

The court was told Nash damaged the cars of staff working at Gillens in Hartlepool after threatening to knife an assistant who had complained about him.

He was in breach of a restraining order and a 12-month suspended prison sentence, said prosecutor Richard Wilson.

Nash had been given a 12-month suspended prison sentence at Teesside Crown Court on March 7 for witness intimidation, cultivating cannabis and criminal damage.

Two days after being released from police custody he returned to Gillens store and he threatened to knife a member of the staff who had complained about him.

On May 10 he breached the restraining order at the store again when he was asked to leave because he had been barred on a number of occasions, said Mr Wilson.

One assistant Lorraine Donkin told police that he stared at her for about two minutes and she felt threatened.

Martin Scarbrough, mitigating, said that Nash, who appeared in custody, accepted that he had to serve an immediate prison sentence.

Nash, of Gulliver Road, Hartlepool, was jailed for 14 months after he pleaded guilty to using threatening words and behaviour, theft, breach of a restraining order, and breach of a suspended sentence.