I’ll cut your throats, visitor told nurses

A HOSPITAL visitor threatened to cut two nurses’ throats from ear to ear, a court heard.

Richard Bray, 41, became abusive towards staff on Elmdale Ward at Calderdale Royal Hospital after they refused to let him take his sister, an in-patient with mental health problems, out of the ward unattended.

James Weeks, prosecuting, told Calderdale magistrates that nurses Marc Wells and John Horsfall asked him to leave.

When he refused, they took hold of Bray’s wrists to escort him out.

“He stated ‘I’ll cut your throat, I’ll headbutt you, I’ll come back later and sort you out’,” said Mr Weeks. The nurses managed to get him out of the ward then closed the door on him and held it shut to keep him out.

“He continued to kick the door for some time, shouting the same sort of threats,” said Mr Weeks.

“Police arrived as the defendant was still shouting: ‘I’ll cut your throats from ear to ear’.”

Bray, of Hunger Hill, Halifax, admitted using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour with intent to cause fear of violence on August 5.

He told police he was upset with the way staff had treated him and felt he had been “manhandled”.

Magistrates sentenced him to a 12-month community order with supervision, and ordered him to pay £50 compensation to each of the two nurses.