A&E disorder leads to court

A WOMAN who admitted lashing out at a member of staff in Scarborough Hospital’s accident and emergency department has been given a 12 month community order.

Nicola Suzanne Fardoe, 37, of Fieldside, Northstead, also admitted stealing chicken sandwiches and two bottles of wine from Sainsbury’s three days later.

Steven Ovenden, prosecuting, told the court that on July 25 the defendant was taken to hospital by ambulance at around 11am.

He said: “Staff treating her noted that she was in drink. When roused she lashed out with her right arm and was hitting her own chest with her right fist. She was being aggressive towards staff.”

Fardoe told police she had consumed two bottles of vodka that morning and was very embarrassed and sorry for her actions.

Franklyn Garvey, mitigating, said: “My client fully admits she has an alcohol problem and can remember very little of what happened.” He added that during the theft, Fardoe had been encouraged to take the wine by a friend.

The defendant was given a 12 month community order with supervision and an alcohol treatment requirement.