Patient terrified by drunken woman from Wrexham

Published date: 21 February 2014 |
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A DRUNKEN hospital patient whose aggressive behaviour frightened an elderly woman in a nearby bed said: “I don’t care. She should be dead anyway”.

Sophie Elizabeth Onslow, of Caxton Place, Wrexham, was being treated for excessive alcohol consumption at the Wrexham Maelor Hospital’s A&E department on January 22.

Staff said she “smelled strongly of intoxicants”, Matthew Ellis, prosecuting, said.

The 25-year-old became abusive and aggressive with staff, leaving patients frightened and terrified.

Mr Ellis said police were called and officers were accompanied by a doctor to the ward, who checked Onslow’s condition, before informing the officers she did not require further treatment.

She was arrested, but “kicked and punched” officers as the arrest took place, Mr Ellis said.

At police interview, when asked about her behaviour upsetting the elderly woman, who was in a nearby bed, she replied: “I don’t care, she should be dead anyway”.

Onslow pleaded guilty to being drunk and disorderly in a public place at a hearing at Wrexham Magistrates Court and was handed a night-time curfew to be at her home address between the hours of 6pm and 6am until March 3. In addition, she admitted to a failure to attend court on February 12.

She was also ordered to pay court costs of £85 and a £60 victim surcharge.

Andrew Holliday, defending, said Onslow was very remorseful for her actions and admitted her comment about the hospital patient had been disgraceful.

District judge Gwyn Jones said: “While in drink you were causing trouble for hospital staff who are there to care for the sick.

“Those patients are the main concern of the hospital, and your behaviour left them feeling frightened and terrified.

“As for your comments when interviewed, they are unacceptable to this court.”

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