Drunk Darlington man hurled racial abuse at the doctor who was treating him, court hears

Drunk Darlington man hurled racial abuse at the doctor who was treating him, court hears

Drunk Darlington man hurled racial abuse at the doctor who was treating him, court hears

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A DRUNKEN man hurled racial abuse at the doctor who was treating him, a court heard.

Owen Suckling was being assessed by a Nigerian doctor at Darlington Memorial Hospital when he shouted racial abuse at him and made comments about Nelson Mandela.

Suckling, of Brunton Street, Darlington, had been out drinking for most of the day on New Year’s Eve when he began being aggressive towards door staff at Harvey’s bar, in the town.

When police arrived at around 1am, he also began threatening them, Darlington Magistrates’ Court heard.

Graham Jacobs, prosecuting, said once in custody, 29-year-old Suckling then kicked out at a police officer before being taken to hospital.

Suckling admitted assaulting a police constable in execution of his duty, using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour and racially aggravated harassment.

He also pleaded guilty to two charges of criminal damage after he slashed the tyres on a neighbour’s car on January 5 and damaged the front door of another neighbour’s house after mistaking it for his own on February 9.

Nick Woodhouse, mitigating, said Suckling had been drinking for most of the day and didn’t remember any of the incident on New Year’s Eve.

“He can’t understand why he would make such a comment, particularly when the doctor has been treating him,” he said.

“Alcohol has played a significant role in his life and treatment may well be required.”

Chairwoman of the bench, Patricia Wilson, described the incident as deplorable and sentenced Suckling to a 12-month community order with 12 months of supervision.

He was also ordered to complete 40 hours of unpaid work and pay £673 compensation to his neighbours.

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1:44am Wed 19 Feb 14

SirLance says...

My apologies to the Doctor! Darlington now has so many pubs it's all the populace can do is to drink themselves into oblivion! If you dare just go into the town center on a Friday or Saturday night! Skinnergate is awash with drunken young people moving from booze outlet to booze outlet! Add some happy pills and it's a great night out ! Shame on the town for allowing it!
My apologies to the Doctor! Darlington now has so many pubs it's all the populace can do is to drink themselves into oblivion! If you dare just go into the town center on a Friday or Saturday night! Skinnergate is awash with drunken young people moving from booze outlet to booze outlet! Add some happy pills and it's a great night out ! Shame on the town for allowing it! SirLance
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1:12pm Wed 19 Feb 14

ToxtethO says...

SirLance wrote:
My apologies to the Doctor! Darlington now has so many pubs it's all the populace can do is to drink themselves into oblivion! If you dare just go into the town center on a Friday or Saturday night! Skinnergate is awash with drunken young people moving from booze outlet to booze outlet! Add some happy pills and it's a great night out ! Shame on the town for allowing it!
SirLance, may I ask what you mean by 'happy pills'?
[quote][p][bold]SirLance[/bold] wrote: My apologies to the Doctor! Darlington now has so many pubs it's all the populace can do is to drink themselves into oblivion! If you dare just go into the town center on a Friday or Saturday night! Skinnergate is awash with drunken young people moving from booze outlet to booze outlet! Add some happy pills and it's a great night out ! Shame on the town for allowing it![/p][/quote]SirLance, may I ask what you mean by 'happy pills'? ToxtethO
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10:53pm Wed 19 Feb 14

behonest says...

'Kicked out at a police officer before being taken to hospital'. I wonder how savagely he was beaten?
'Kicked out at a police officer before being taken to hospital'. I wonder how savagely he was beaten? behonest
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