A MAN punched a monitor in Ayr’s A&E department causing it to fall to the ground as he was being treated by staff. 

Scott Christie of Campbell Court, Ayr, admitted behaving in a threatening manner by clenching his fists, pacing around and repeatedly spitting on the floor on March 13.

On March 22 he persistently dialled 999 and threatened to shoot himself. The 44-year-old appeared from custody before Sheriff Desmond Leslie at Ayr Sheriff Court last week.

Depute Fiscal Lindsay Bain said: “At 11.15am the accused contacted 999 and requested an ambulance. He was still to say what was wrong.

“The ambulance arrived and took him to A&E. Christie was put in cubicle four with other patients. He began to walk around the room in an aggressive manner, clenching his fists.

“Christie continued to walk around and observed the monitor before pushing it to the ground. 

“Later that month at 11.40am Christie contacted 999, on several occasions, threatening to shoot himself.”

Speaking on his behalf, defence solicitor, Ian Gillies said: “This is a case of Jekyll and Hyde. Mr Christie is a nice individual when sober but when he drinks be becomes a nuisance to the emergency services. 

“Mr Christie wants to do something about this and has asked me to apologise to your Lordship.”

Sheriff Leslie, said: “I am concerned you will leave here, start drinking and be back here.”

Christie was jailed for six months.