Rockingham: man claims vomit made him threaten triage nurse

Stock image.
Stock image.

A MAN who made a threat to ‘put a f***ing bullet’ in the head of a triage nurse at Rockingham General Hospital has been fined $1800.

Appearing at Rockingham Magistrates Court today Kaine Hay appeared in custody on an arrest warrant.

He pleaded guilty to disorderly behaviour in public and criminal damage.

Hay was at the hospital’s emergency department at 1.20pm on November 15 last year.

He went straight to the triage nurse before interrupting staff as they attended to a patient they were dealing with at the time.

The 42-year-old told the nurse he had been ‘spewing’ and ‘thought he would die’ before they said he was not in immediate danger and asked him to sit in the waiting area.

He became enraged at this and began shouting abuse before he pointed his finger like it was a gun at the nurse and said ‘I’ll come back and put a f***ing bullet in you’.

He then left the department before returning shortly after.

He kicked a glass sliding door on his way in causing it to run off it’s rail and stop working.

Magistrate Leanne Atkins said it would have been extremely unpleasant for the hospital staff.

“If you had been that ill you wouldn’t have been able to abuse the staff and act in that way,” she said.

Hay apologised to the Magistrate.

“I was really sick and felt I was dying – I feared for my life,” he said.

“I had spew dripping off my hand – sorry your honour it won’t happen again.”