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Threats made to Raigmore Hospital staff by Inverness man

By Ali Morrison

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Raigmore Hospital.
Raigmore Hospital.

Attempts by police and passers-by to help an intoxicated man who was unsteady on his feet and staggering about Inverness city centre resulted in him being arrested.

Inverness Sheriff Court heard that 33-year-old Liam Macdonald, of no fixed abode, was found during the evening of February 4, 2024 and police took him to Raigmore Hospital in Inverness because they were concerned for his welfare.

Fiscal depute Robert Weir told Sheriff Eilidh Macdonald: "He was left there and examined but he had no injury. When he was told this, it had the effect of angering him and he started shouting and swearing.

"There were a number of vulnerable patients in the A&E waiting room who were upset by him pacing about, swearing and shouting: 'I am going to bite you to death.'

"Hospital security staff had to become involved and he made threats towards them. He refused to desist and the police were called back. He was still abusive when the officers arrived."

Macdonald admitted threatening or abusive behaviour.

He had his sentence deferred until April 4 for a drug treatment and testing order assessment. He was again remanded in custody.

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