Hospital dispute woman in court

A WOMAN became so abusive to staff at Hinchingbrooke Hospital that she was asked to leave and then arrested, magistrates were told. Coral Rooke, 26, of Ditchfield, Somersham, had been asked to leave after repeatedly chatting to two patients in the early h

A WOMAN became so abusive to staff at Hinchingbrooke Hospital that she was asked to leave and then arrested, magistrates were told.

Coral Rooke, 26, of Ditchfield, Somersham, had been asked to leave after repeatedly chatting to two patients in the early hours of the morning.

Hospital staff repeatedly asked Rooke to be quiet as she chatted with two female friends on Tuesday, December 12.

At Huntingdon Magistrates' Court on Thursday, Rooke pleaded guilty to using words and behaviour that would cause distress.


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Sylvia Cundell, prosecuting, told the court that Rooke had been causing problems to hospital staff and had been warned about her behaviour.

Eventually, at 5.30am, a police constable who was in the hospital's A&E department asked Rooke to leave and she became abusive.

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The court was told she swore at the officer and slammed a door. She again refused to leave and when Rooke was arrested she held on to a hospital bench and had to be forcibly removed from the premises.

The court also heard how Rooke had a history of similar behaviour, causing a public nuisance, and had been in prison.

Representing herself, Rooke said: "I had been under a lot of stress with family problems and I am very sorry for what I've done."

Presiding magistrate Derek Rutherford told Rooke: "You have no right to take your temper and frustration out on other people, and it is especially wrong to take it out on NHS staff.

"You seem to take no notice of the punishments given to you and you must learn to curb your temper."

Rooke was fined £100 and ordered to pay £50 prosecution costs.

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