Buxton man’s shame after using threatening behaviour towards hospital staff while drunk

High Peak Magistrates Court, Buxton.
High Peak Magistrates Court, Buxton.

An injured Buxton man had to be restrained by police and security staff after causing a disturbance at Stepping Hill Hospital, a court heard.

Luke Jack Godley, 20, had been taken to hospital for treatment after being found bleeding from a head wound on Fairfield Road.

High Peak Magistrates’ Court heard how police had initially been called to reports of a fight on Fairfield Road and found Godley waving his arms around and shouting.

Officers calmed him down and he agreed to go to the hospital in an ambulance, explained John Cooper, prosecuting.

But once there Godley started shouting and swearing and was repeatedly told to stop by police. When a woman in a nearby cubicle asked him to stop, he went to open the curtain of the patient’s cubicle.

Mr Cooper said Godley was restrained by police but was struggling violently, so members of hospital security assisted, while a nurse attempted to tend to his wound. He also swore at the nurse and threatened police and staff.

Godley, of Fairfield Road, admitted using threatening behaviour during the incident in the early hours of November 15.

Representing himself in court, Godley told magistrates: “It was appalling what went on in hospital. I am really sorry and do apologise. I really feel ashamed for doing what I did, I am not that person.”

The court heard he had been out with friends drinking and was drunk. As a result of his injury, he received 17 stitches in his head.

Godley, who works full time, was sentenced to a 12-month community order with 160 hours’ unpaid work and a rehabilitation activity requirement. He must also pay costs and a court surcharge totalling £165.