A MAN has been jailed after he threatened to kill a receptionist at the Countess of Chester Hospital.
The female receptionist was working in the accident and emergency department when Michael Kennedy told her he was “going to murder her”.
He had been told to leave the hospital two hours before as he was ‘muttering’ about planes in the sky and had stuck his finger up to security officers.
Chester Crown Court heard that the receptionst had suffered from nightmares since the threat and feared Kennedy, 26, of Brook Street, Newtown, would return to kidnap her.
Maria Masselis, prosecuting, told the court Kennedy had an anti-social behaviour order (ASBO) banning him from marked areas on the Countess of Chester Health Park and from abusing or threatening staff.
She said security approached Kennedy on the hospital site and said he was ‘talking nonsense’ and going on about planes.
“He was asked to leave and responded by sticking his finger up to staff,” she said.
Kennedy returned about two-and-a-half hours later and approached the receptin in A&E where the receptionist was working.
Miss Masselis said his behaviour was described as “intimidating” and he pushed his bag towards the receptionist before saying ‘I’m going to murder someone’.
She said he then turned to the receptionist and said: “I’m going to murder you after.”
Miss Masselis said: “She describes clearly feeling very threatened by that. She said she has never been threatened in a similar manner before.”
Police promptly arrested Kennedy but he denied threatening Miss Stonebanks or sticking his finger up to security.
But he subsequently admitted making the threat and pleaded guilty to breaching his ASBO on July 15.
Miss Massellis said this was the sixth time Kennedy had breached his ASBO and he had 60 previous offences, including for assault, harassment and drugs.
The receptionist provided a victim statement to the court detailing the impact the threat had had on her.
Kennedy got up and left the dock as Miss Massellis began reading the statement before returning.
Miss Masselis said: “She describes suffering nightmares and on one occasion a panic attack.
“The subject of these nightmares seems to be that this defendant may in fact kidnap her.”
Simon Christie, defending, said Kennedy had problems with amphetamines and had been diagnosed with schizophrenia.
He said his client was not without hope and asked the court to keep the prison term to a minimum so he could get the help he needed.
“This is a very sad state of affairs,” said Mr Christie.
Judge Elgan Edwards, the Recorder of Chester, jailed Kennedy for 15 months and extended his ASBO until 2015.
He told him he had threatened the receptionist whose job was to help people.
Judge Edwards said: “She did not deserved to be abused and threatened by you. It has had a notable effect upon her, sadly. I cannot and will not overlook your conduct. You had no right to behave as you did.
“Accident and emergency unit staff need to be protected.”
Speaking after the hearing, Inspector Kevin Chambers said: “This is a positive result for hospital staff, patients and their visitors. Kennedy repeatedly breached his ASBO and is now paying the price for his actions.
“Cheshire Police take anti-social behaviour very seriously and understands the effect it can have on victims. This result shows we are determined to take robust action.
“We would always urge anyone who feels they are a vicitim of anti-social behaviour to contact police.”