Drunken chef spat at police in hospital fracas

Blackpool Magistrates Court

Blackpool Magistrates Court

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A hospital patient spat towards a police officer after earlier threatening to stab him.

Thomas Curley, a 21-year-old chef, of Bloomfield Road, South Shore, pleaded guilty to being drunk and disorderly at Blackpool Victoria Hospital.

He also admitted failing to comply with a suspended prison sentence by not keeping in touch with his probation officer.

He was sentenced to a one-month curfew from 11.30pm to 7am, fined £95 with £135 costs plus £20 victims’ surcharge by Blackpool magistrates.

Presiding magistrate, Charles Tracey, said: “That kind of behaviour in a hospital will not be tolerated.”

Tracy Yates, prosecuting, said Curley called the police to say he had self-harmed by cutting his face and arm at 12.40am on May 18.

As he was being taken to hospital he repeatedly swore at a police officer and in the casualty unit spat at the officer.

Peter Moran, for the probation service, said it was Curley’s second breach of the suspended prison sentence order.

Gary McAnulty, defending, said Curley’s ex-girlfriend had pressed him for money for their baby daughter’s keep. She then said he could not see the child.

Curley became depressed, drank and tried to take his life.

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