A TEENAGER armed with a martial arts weapon threatened visitors and staff at South Tyneside’s hospital maternity unit.
Shane Martin and two friends were told to leave the grounds of the borough’s District Hospital after being refused entry in the early hours of November 6 last year.
Newcastle Crown Court heard that the group continued to try to get in, while women giving birth and being looked after inside could hear their drunken threats and abuse.
When a security guard tried to usher them away, Martin, 18 – who was armed with a set of nunchucks – directed a torrent of abuse and threats at him.
Judge John Milford yesterday jailed Martin, of Summerhill, Jarrow, for eight months after he pleaded guilty to having an offensive weapon and threatening behaviour.
The judge said anyone who behaves in such a way inside hospital grounds can expect to go to jail.
Debbie Breen, prosecuting, told the court Martin had turned up at the hospital in Harton Lane, South Shields, with his pals in tow, to confront a patient’s stepfather over an earlier row.
Miss Breen told the court: “The security guard said he could immediately see they had been drinking.
“They were shouting outside the doors and trying to gain access to the maternity department.”
She added: “They all became abusive towards the security guard.
“The defendant was very agitated. He is described as being in the security guard’s face.
“He was shouting and swearing, and threats were directed towards the stepfather of a patient.”
The court heard a second security guard came to try to calm the trouble, and the police were called.
While staff waited for officers to arrive, Martin was shouting “I will kill you all” and continued to hurl foul abuse.
Miss Breen said: “The verbal abuse could be heard by patients within the unit.”
By the time police arrived, Martin had thrown the nunchucks – which he did not produce during the incident – into a bush, but they were recovered by officers.
Judge Milford jailed Martin after hearing he was on bail for offences of criminal damage at the time of the incident.
He said: “Over a period of about half an hour you shouted, swore and used threatening language.
“You will go straight to custody, as will anyone who acts in this manner and carries a weapon at a hospital.”
Vic Laffey, defending, said Martin accepts he was “very foolish” that night.