A vile hospital patient warned a nurse “I’m going to slash you up” in a disgraceful outburst during the pandemic.
Callum Dunn was being seen in the A&E department at Sunderland Royal Hospital while the county was in lockdown, when he started to “shout, swear and threaten to smash the place up”.
Newcastle Crown Court heard a staff nurse tried to calm the 20-year-old down and called for security when her attempt failed.
Prosecutor John Crawford told the court Dunn called the nurse offensive names and added: “After security arrived, things escalated a bit and he shouted things such as ‘I’m going to get you’, ‘I’m going to slash you up.’
“It went on for about ten minutes and the staff nurse was escorted out by security for her safety.”
The nurse said in a victim statement she was “angry” at Dunn’s behaviour towards herself and the NHS and added: “It left me scared he may actually carry these threats out.
“I don’t expect to be abused in this manner.”
Dunn, of Pearl Road, Sunderland, who was on a suspended prison sentence and a community order at the time, admitted using threatening and insulting words and behaviour on December 27 last year at Sunderland Royal Hospital.
Judge Edward Bindloss told Dunn: “It was a disgraceful episode of ten minutes which caused the complainant, according to her statement, to feel angry, disrespected, scared and abused.
“There could be no complaint if I sent you to custody.”
Judge Bindloss sentenced Dunn to a community order for two years with rehabilitation and programme requirements and a £250 fine.
The judge said over the last year Dunn has gone through a “transformation” in his life and has co-operated with the probation service.
Judge Bindloss added: “This is the best chance to reduce the risk you pose to members of the public.”
Vic Laffey, defending, said Dunn has made “remarkable” changes in his life since the offence and now has a job in London, does not use drugs and has “cut ties” with negative influences in his life.
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