A MAN suffering with chronic back pain became so desperate to be admitted to hospital he smashed a chair against a wall at North Devon District Hospital in frustration.
Karl Damsell, 41, of Barum Arcade, Barnstaple appeared before North Devon Magistrates’ Court on Friday.
He admitted destroying a chair and damaging a wall at the hospital on May 15.
Lynsey Baker, for the prosecution, said Damsell had attended the hospital to have an assessment with the view to being admitted for alcohol dependence.
When the assessment was finished Damsell was told he should go home.
He was so frustrated by the outcome that he kicked a chair against a wall causing it to smash and damage the wall.
Tim Hook, for the defence, said his client suffers from spinal stenosis which is a degenerative condition of the spinal discs.
Mr Hook said: “He is in constant pain and he became bereaved last year when his long term partner died.
“He became very depressed and turned to alcohol.
“He realised he had become addicted and sought help and was told he would need a controlled detoxification because of his back condition.”
Mr Hook added his client when to hospital and was literally crying out for help and kicked the chair in frustration.
Magistrates sentenced Damsell to a six month conditional discharge. They told him to pay £25 compensation but waived a victim surcharge.