A patient tried to punch a nurse and threatened to “stab her in her sleep” during a violent outburst in hospital.
John Lundy also assaulted a security guard as he tried to leave the Accident and Emergency Department at the Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital, in Cramlington.
A court heard the 39-year-old had been taken to the ward after taking a suspected overdose but, on arrival, soon turned violent.
Lundy lunged at a nurse who was trying to help him but fortunately missed as she ducked out of the way.
But he then shouted at her “I’m going to stalk you. I’m going to find out where you live and stab you in your sleep”, prosecutors at South East Northumberland Magistrates’ Court said.
However, his outburst didn’t end there and, as Lundy tried to discharge himself and was held back by security, he again turned aggressive and assaulted an officer by scratching him.
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