Heroin addict threatened to stab hospital security guard with syringe

‘I’ve been a security officer for nine years and I’ve never been threatened with this type of violence’

A heroin addict who threatened to stab a hospital security guard with a syringe has been jailed.

Kieron Holland, 46, was discharged from Wigan Royal Infirmary at around 10pm on January 11, prosecution barrister David Lees told Bolton Crown Court.

Holland, of Botany Close, Aspull, complained to a receptionist and started to ‘behave innappropriately’.

Security staff were called to escort him to the bus stop on Wigan Lane.

Holland returned to the hospital shortly after. Four members of security staff saw him on CCTV and went to take him back outside.

While in the car park, Holland started to resist. One of the security guards gently pushed him on the back.

Holland then pulled an uncapped hypodermic needle from his jacket pocket, pointed it at the the guard and said: “I’m going to stab you.”

Another security guard asked Holland: “What are you going to do?”

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Holland replied: “I’m not threatening you, I’m threatening him.”

Security staff then restrained Holland, who had another needle hidden in his sock.

Holland told police he was angry with the treatment he’d received at hospital. He claimed he never intended to use the syringe and was just ‘upset’ he had been ‘roughly handled’.

The security guard he threatened said in a statement read to the court: “I’ve been a security officer for nine years and I’ve never been threatened with this type of violence. I’ve never encountered anything like this.

“I’ve been thinking what would have happened if he’d stabbed me with the needle. I genuinely thought he was going to stab me with it.”

Holland has 34 convictions for 72 offences.

In 2012, he was found carrying a kitchen knife at a bus stop. In 2014, he poured oil on a takeaway delivery driver and hit him with a piece of wood.

Defending Holland, James Heyworth said: “This is just one of a series of offences in the defendant’s life caused by his dependence on drugs, particularly heroin, which started when he was aged 16 or 17.

“He has a partial amputation and there are psychological effects of his addiction.

“He does have long periods where there have been little or no offences, where he has been free of drugs and in employment. Since 2014, there has been little in the way of offending at all.”

Sentencing Holland to 12 months, Judge Tim Stead said: “You’ve been before the court on many occasions and it is significant that you have appeared before in relation to bladed articles.

“You are a long-standing abuser of Class A drugs, that chronic abuse has created many other health difficulties for you. You are said to have mental and behavioural disorders which would go some way to explaining, while not completely, what happened on that night.

“You were disgruntled by the treatment you received. You’re entitled to take such a view and you’re entitled to complain if you wish to. You are not entitled to commit criminal offences in the process of doing so.

“The court has been asked to take into account the present endemic health crisis into cases where the court is contemplating sending people directly into custody. There will be cases where it is possible to avoid an immediate custodial term.

“This is not one of them.”

Source – Manchester Evening News

 

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