Sentence deferred on hospital rowdy

Borders General Hospital

Borders General Hospital

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Background reports have been ordered into a man who committed a disturbance at Borders General Hospital.

After receiving a call from him, police officers found Ryan Meikle, 24, outside the Masonic Hall in Union Street, clearly upset and in a confused state.

The court heard he had a history of mental health and appeared to be suicidal and it was decided to take him to hospital to be checked out. But he became agressive there, claiming he felt intimidated by the police officers.

Meikle pleaded guilty to a charge of behaving in a threatening or abusibve manner at the hospital on July 9, shouting, swearing and uttering offensive remarks and refusing to desist when requested to do so.

Sheriff Peter Paterson said: “Offences of this nature are completely unacceptable. Behaviour like this in hospital causes enormous distress to everybody.”

Sentence was deferred until August 31 for the production of a Criminal Justice Social Work Report.