A Rhyl man who was staying at Ty Newydd bail hostel in Bangor, threatened a doctor at Ysbyty Gwynedd’s Accident and Emergency Department and then attacked police officers has been jailed.
Lewis Thomas, 23, had taken a ‘cocktail of drugs’ while he was staying at the Ty Newydd bail hostel in Bangor, on October 28th.
Thomas was taken by ambulance to the emergency department at Ysbyty Gwynedd, where he was given drugs to counteract the ones he’d already taken, when Dr Frederick Hopkinson tried to explain to him that he needed to remain in the department for a while to be monitored, Thomas then became aggressive as he said wanted leave the department to return to the hostel for his dinner.
Thomas told the doctor: “I’m going to knock you out. When you finish work, I’m going to follow you home and slash your tyres.”
“I’m going to find out where you live and burn down your house.”
The police were called, but Thomas continued to be abusive and struggled with the police officers as well as spitting at them, police had to place leg restraints on Thomas because he was so violent.
Judge Gwyn Jones said: “he had behaved appallingly against a public servant in a “sensitive area” (the emergency department at Ysbyty Gwynedd in Bangor) and in front of other patients.”
“Members of the public who hear about your behaviour will be appalled to learn that my sentencing powers are limited to 26 weeks imprisonment.”
Judge Gwyn Jones imposed 18-week sentences on the threatening behaviour charges and eight weeks for the assaults on the officers, the periods to run consecutively.
Thomas, who had only been released from prison on October 6th, pleaded guilty to two charges of using threatening behaviour and two of assaulting police officers, he has since apologised for his behaviour.