"Abominable" behaviour of Daniel Way caused mayhem in Truro's A&E department
A DRUNK whose "abominable" behaviour caused mayhem in a hospital department has been jailed.
Aerospace engineer Daniel Way, who once worked for Rolls-Royce and Peugeot, threatened staff, frightened families and smashed doors at Royal Cornwall Hospital's A&E department.
At Truro Crown Court, Recorder Simon Levene said the actions of Way, 34, were "as disgusting as I have ever heard".
He added: "Your behaviour was abominable in the presence of sick people and children who were in distress, and staff.
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"You were swearing and urinating all around the place, kicking things around and smashing a door."
The court heard that Way had collapsed drunk in the street in Newquay and verbally abused staff as he was brought into the Treliske hospital in the early hours of December 9.
Sarah Vince, for the CPS, said Way had to be moved away from other patients. He continued his offensive abuse when he woke from a drunken stupor at 8.30am and accused a nurse of stealing his clothes and giving him a fat lip.
He put his face in the nurse's face, raised a clenched fist and used foul language as he told her he was going to "knock your head off".
When security staff arrived he kicked a yellow sign towards a family with young children and took a running jump at electric doors, causing £2,000 worth of damage. After his arrest he used his own excrement to smear offensive words on the walls of his cell.
Way, who had been living in a hotel on Mount Wise, Newquay, but whose family live in Falmouth, had been committed to Crown Court for sentence for affray, drunk and disorderly and criminal damage. He was jailed for ten and a half months. Emma Birt, for the defence, described Way as "an intelligent man who drinks not just to excess but to total saturation".
Way is also due to be sentenced for an earlier offence of drunk and disorderly behaviour and for the breach of a conditional discharge imposed by magistrates for being drunk, swearing and threatening.
Emergency department senior nurse Kim Emmett said: "Whilst we are trained to deal with them and to defuse situations wherever we can, they can be frightening and dangerous, not only for us but also other patients and relatives in the department."