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‘REPULSIVE’ Crash victim shouted abuse at doctor caring for him

By Natasha Swift 16th January 2021

‘REPULSIVE’ Crash victim shouted abuse at doctor caring for him

A court has condemned the actions of a St Austell man who shouted abuse at a doctor while she tended to his injuries following a car accident.

James Paul Desbro, 27, of Elizabeth Road, pleaded guilty to a total of four offences when he appeared before Truro magistrates last Thursday.

Prosecuting, Chris Rendell said the incident took place on November 8, when Desbro was a passenger in a car which crashed into a wall on Queens Road.

The female driver got out of the Seat Leon and Desbro, who was a disqualified driver, took control of the car to try and free it from the wall, but it was lodged and he was unable to move it. Police arrived on the scene and arrested Desbro for driving whilst disqualified and for having no insurance.

He was put into a police van where he became aggressive towards officers before injuring his own head against the cage. He was taken to Treliske Hospital and as he waited in triage, he continued to abuse police, saying “Don’t touch me you faggot.” When he was seen by the
doctor, he told her to f*** off.

In a witness statement she said: “I was left extremely angry and upset. I don’t come to work to be abused like that.”

She added that she was offended by his homophobic language which he used in front of members of the public in the waiting area of the emergency department.

Mr Rendell added that Desbro claimed he had been bullied by police officers and the handcuffs they had placed on him were too tight.

Defending, Rob Eccleston, said Desbro had not realised that he was still disqualified, having thought that his ban was for three years, not three years and four months. He had been drinking on the night in question and said a variety of things he didn’t mean after “losing self control”.

For driving whilst disqualified and with no insurance, failing to provide a specimen for analysis and using threatening or abusive words or behaviour, Truro magistrates imposed a 12-month community order. Desbro must undertake an alcohol treatment requirement for six months and up to 10 days of a rehabilitation activity requirement.

He was fined £100 and ordered to pay £80 compensation to the doctor, £95 victim surcharge
and £85 costs. Desbro was also banned from driving for four years.

The chairman of the bench described his behaviour towards the doctor as “particularly repulsive” and “utterly unacceptable”.

By Natasha Swift 16th January 2021

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