Barton dad jailed for outburst at Scunthorpe hospital staff while his partner was in labour
A FATHER has been jailed after insulting hospital staff and damaging property while his partner was about to give birth.
Richard Durrell, 29, of Bardney Court, Barton-Upon-Humber, admitted using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour towards Katie Fields and Kathleen Hobson and damaging two doors and a wall at Scunthorpe General Hospital on December 18.
Rebecca Dolby, prosecuting, told North Lincolnshire magistrates that Durrell went to the hospital with his partner, who was due to give birth. They arrived at about 9pm but were still there in the early hours, she said.
There was an issue over how Durrell believed his partner was being treated and he became irrational and angry with staff, Miss Dolby said.
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The prosecutor said he was shouting and swearing, and pulled a door, causing the handle to hit a wall, and kicked a door and a Christmas tree.
Durrell was told to leave and was arrested outside the hospital, the court heard.
The baby was delivered later on, although it was not revealed in court whether he was at the birth or not.
Miss Dolby told the court he admitted he was a "monster" when he was angry and added: "I just can't stop myself."
He had been unhappy at the "level of care his partner was receiving" in the run-up to her giving birth, said Miss Dolby.
Andrew Pascoe, mitigating, said Durrell was in a "very high state of stress and anger" while his partner was in labour for a lengthy period.
He said there had been problems with the births of the couple's two other children and Durrell blamed the hospital's staff for those difficulties. He reacted badly to the prolonged birth and feared what might happen, said Mr Pascoe.
"He accepts he was very angry and shouted at members of staff in the delivery room and outside the delivery room," added Mr Pascoe.
"He accepts that hospital staff should not have to put up with that anger."
Durrell admitted breaching a 10-week suspended prison sentence imposed at the same court on July 7, 2011 for assault, causing actual bodily harm.
He was jailed for 10 weeks – five weeks activated from the suspended sentence and a consecutive five weeks for the hospital offences.
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