Drunk told doctor "I'm a racist and I love it"
A DRUNK man racially abused a doctor and police who were trying to help him.
Ashley Lewis, aged 20, had been found by police injured in the street on March 9 and taken for emergency treatment at Morriston Hospital.
Police left him there for treatment, but Lewis became aggressive towards staff and had to be detained by security staff until officers could return.
When they arrived they saw Lewis, of Brecon Road, Ystradgynlais, kicking out and shouting at staff. He said: “Get off me, I’ll do in you *******. You all going to ****ing suffer”.
He was taken out of the hospital by the officers but while in the rear of the police van, he collapsed and had to be taken back inside. When he was taken for a CT scan, he had to be sedated.
Prosecuting barrister Dean Pulling told Swansea Crown Court: “When he came round, his manner was the same as before.”
“The department was full of patients, elderly and young children who could hear the commotion and abuse,” he said.
One of the police officers gave him 10 separate warnings to calm down.
“Despite their best efforts it didn’t quell,” said Mr Pulling.
Lewis boasted to those treating him that he was a “cage fighter” and “I love the pain”.
One of the doctor’s treating him was subjected to racist abuse and afterwards Lewis told him: “I’m a racist and I ****ing love it”.
The ward sister then pushed his bed into a decontamination room so he would be alone, but officers remained with him.
Lewis then spat blood across the face of one of them and tried to bite his hand. Lewis then had to be forcibly restrained but continued spitting blood across the room.
Lewis later admitted assaulting a police officer and two public order offences including one which was a racially aggravated.
In his police interview, Lewis said he did not remember the offences because he was drunk but admitted he was responsible.
In August Lewis was sentenced for another offence, also involving assaulting a police officer, common assault and criminal damage.
Frank Phillips, for Lewis, said on the night of this offence he thought his drink had been spiked.
“He has no recollection of what occurred however he is sorry for what he did,” he said.
Recorder David Miller said: “This was an entirely dreadful way to behave.
“You were abusing people who are there to help you and to protect the community. You spat in the face of a police officer. Many officers say they regard spitting as worse than being physically hurt such as headbutted or punched because it’s something they’re worried about for a long time afterwards because they may contract a disease,” said the judge, before sending him to a Young Offenders’ Institute for a total of 12 months for the offences.