Man abused staff at Plymouth hospital
A MAN who swore at hospital staff and police was under stress because his father is terminally ill, Plymouth magistrates heard.
Sean Horner, aged 40, of Mainstone Avenue, Cattedown, admitted threatening behaviour at Derriford Hospital on December 23.
Magistrates handed him a 12-month conditional discharge after hearing his father was being treated at the hospital for cancer.
Eoin McCarthy, for the Crown Prosecution Service, said Horner was angry with staff because he was not being allowed to see his father after visiting hours.
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Selena Aylett, for Horner, said: "His behaviour was completely out of character. He is apologetic. He had taken an overdose of Valium."
Magistrates also ordered him to pay £85 costs and £15 victim surcharge.