Crawley man fined after racially abusing hospital staff

A man who shouted racist abuse in a hospital has been fined.

Peter Haynes, 67, of Alpha Road, West Green, appeared at Crawley Magistrates’ Court today (Wednesday July 22). He pleaded guilty to using racially aggravated language at East Surrey Hospital.

Melanie Wotton, prosecuting, said he shouted racist abuse at a Portuguese doctor, an Irish member of staff and made further racist remarks before officers escorted him out of the hospital on July 1.

She said: “He was relatively abusive to various members of staff.

“He initially indicated he wanted to be seen by an English doctor.”

Ms Wotton said officers were called to a doctors surgery in Cowfold where Haynes was being ‘slightly problematic’.

It was heard he had suffered broken ribs in a robbery three days before and officers took him to Horsham Hospital.

JPs heard various paramedics saw him before he was taken to East Surrey Hospital for treatment.

Andrew Bullivant, defending, said Haynes admitted the offence with a ‘heavy heart’.

Mr Bullivant said: “He doesn’t think he’s a racist.

“He said this language isn’t befitting of someone like himself.”

He said Haynes suffered broken ribs and was kicked in the head when two young men robbed him of his phone on June 28.

JPs heard the pensioner subsequently suffered from agrophobia (fear of being in public) and anxiety.

It was heard he spent the night in St Peter’s Church in Cowfold and later sought medical treatment because of the pain of his injuries.

Mr Bullivant added Haynes was suffering from pneumonia when he committed the offence.

The court heard Haynes had previous convictions and was paying existing court fines from his state pension.

He was fined £100 and ordered to pay £150 criminal courts charge, £85 prosecution costs and £20 victim surcharge.

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