Man shouts abuse at security guard after drunken night out

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By Cara Sulieman

A MAN who can’t remember how he ended up at hospital told a Polish security guard to “go home” because he woke him up.

Security staff were called to the A&E department of Edinburgh Royal Infirmary because Stuart Clarke has been acting aggressively.

They arrived to find the 17-year-old fast asleep and woke him up, to be met with a torrent of abuse.

Clarke told the two men to ‘f*** off’ but it was when he discovered that one of the guards was Polish that he became more aggressive.

Yesterday (Thurs), at Edinburgh Sheriff Court, Clarke pled guilty to talking in a racially aggravated manner under the Criminal Law (Consolidation) (Scotland) Act.

The court heard how the two security men were called to the accident and emergency ward by staff.

Depute fiscal Malcolm Stewart said: “The security officers received a call that Mr Clarke was being aggressive within the waiting area.

“When they arrived there and woke him up he told them to ‘f*** off’ and when he discovered one of the officers was Polish the usual abuse started.

“He shouted ‘get back to Poland, you don’t belong here, you are a c***’.”

After the security guards left to call police, Clarke fell asleep again and had to be woken up by the officers when they arrived.

Clarke’s lawyer said that his client had been out drinking and couldn’t remember how he ended up in hospital.

They told the court: “He had been drinking been with friends in Bonnyrigg and got a bus to Loanhead to meet up with others.

“He wasn’t able to tell me how he had ended up in the hospital – all he could tell me was that the ambulance attended when he was sitting on a pavement by the road and he was taken to A&E.”

Sheriff Frank Crowe deferred sentence until January for good behaviour.

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