Salisbury man recalled to prison after assaulting hospital security guard

Salisbury man recalled to prison after assaulting hospital security guard

Published by Jack Deery at 4:14pm 18th June 2020.

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Brendan Cooper, of Fairfield Road, was sentenced today (18th June) after the incident happened earlier this week.

On Tuesday (16th June), the 41 year old was taken to Salisbury District Hospital by ambulance after being found unconscious.

During clinical tests, two security guards were asked to assist as he was behaving in an aggressive manner

He was being verbally abusive towards staff as they tried to treat him, then he spat in the face of one of the guards, who was wearing a face mask at the time. 

He pleaded guilty at Swindon Magistrates and was given a 16 week custodial sentence

Cooper has also been given a further three weeks imprisonment, for breaching a criminal behaviour order for drug offences that he was given in 2017.

He was also recalled to prison for 10 months until April 2021 and must pay £100 in compensation to the victim.

Sergeant Tracy Holloway said: 

"Cooper showed absolutely no respect for the NHS staff who were trying to care for him or the security guards working at the hospital. He was verbally abusive, threatening and aggressive and in spitting in someone’s face, he left them feeling incredibly anxious, especially given the current ongoing health pandemic.

We are all well aware of the excellent work being carried out in our hospitals at this incredibly busy time and Cooper’s behaviour simply added to the workload of the hospital staff and caused upset and concern. This is not acceptable and I’m pleased he has been given a custodial sentence as a result of his actions."

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