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Man punched doctor and tried to choke him in Boston hospital rampage

A man who caused mayhem in Boston’s Pilgrim Hospital by attacking doctors and smashing up equipment was jailed for 14 months at Lincoln Crown Court on Friday.

In a hearing conducted by telephone link due to the coronavirus pandemic, the court was told that Levi Emmanuel turned up at the hospital on the evening of Saturday, February 15, 2020.

Emmanuel, who was bleeding heavily from a cut, deliberately sprayed his blood around as he paced up and down.

He punched a doctor and attempted to choke him and assaulted another medic and a police officer.

During the incident he also smashed a screen monitor.

Emmanuel was arrested and taken to Boston Police Station but again turned violent, smashing up a recording device in an interview room and attacking police officers.

Siward James-Moore, prosecuting, said: “This case involves a number of serious matters arising from the defendant’s behaviour at the hospital and later at the police station.”

Emmanuel, 28, of Field Street, Boston, had admitted a charge of affray, three charges of assaulting an emergency worker by beating and damaging a hospital monitor in relation to the incident at the hospital.

Emmanuel also admitted four charges of common assault to an emergency worker together with damaging a police officer’s jacket and damaging audio recording equipment in an incident later the same day at Boston Police Station.

Judge John Pini QC gave him an eight month jail sentence for the offences at the hospital and a consecutive six month sentence for the offences at the police station.

Detective Constable Mark Potts said afterwards: “Punching a doctor and attempting to choke him is an utterly incomprehensible act of violence and the nature of his attack on paramedics and our officers was simply unacceptable.

“His actions were not only distressing for those trying to assist him but also for the members of the public and patients who were in the department witnessing his unpredictable behaviour.

“There is no place for behaviour like this in society and anyone who decides to assault those who work to help others could find themselves in a similar position to this man.

“We thought he had finally calmed down during interview before he decided to stand up, remove his shirt, and make threats towards us before attempting to pick up our recording device. It was fixed down but he struck it with such force that it was damaged beyond repair.”

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