A MAN who threatened to punch a doctor and attack a nurse while being treated at the West Cumberland Hospital has been jailed.
Carlisle Crown Court heard how David James O’Fee’s shocking violent conduct occurred while a fellow patient was having a heart attack two cubicles away during the early hours of November 25 last year.
O’Fee, 24, had been admitted to the hospital amid concerns for his welfare after he had been arrested by police outside a Workington night club.
But after initially accusing hospital staff of stealing his belongings, he vowed to hit a male doctor – boasting he had a “punch like Mike Tyson” and would punch him “into the sky” – and made threats of violence towards a ward sister. As O’Fee’s bad behaviour continued, he also brandished a mop towards the nurse and a number of hospital porters who had responded during the incident.
O’Fee denied two allegations of assaulting emergency workers and a charge of affray, but was convicted today (THURS) of all three offences after a two-day trial in front of a jury who reached guilty verdicts after deliberating for less than an hour.
Judge Nicholas Barker sentenced O’Fee, whose address was given as College Street, Cleator Moor, to 14 months of immediate imprisonment.