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“Gunman” pleads guilty

Saturday, 1st April, 2017

By Craig Brealey

A drunk man who told staff at the hospital that he had a gun and would shoot them all if they did not admit him has pleaded guilty.  

The report of a “gunman” threatening staff in the emergency department had police speeding to the scene in bullet-proof vests late on a Sunday night in December.

When they fronted him with weapons drawn he allegedly told them “I was only joking”.

In the Local Court yesterday Leon Jones (44) was committed for sentence on June 22 for intimidating a nurse, resisting arrest and three charges of assaulting police officers.

Jones’ case was set down for a hearing this week but he pleaded guilty after charges of affray and making a false representation were withdrawn.

The court heard that about 4pm on December 17 he had signed himself out of a detoxification program at the hospital only to return about 11pm drunk and in an “aggressive and agitated” state.

Jones went up to the counter in the waiting room where the head triage nurse was talking to a patient and demanded to be seen immediately.

He swore at the nurse, saying “I’ve got a gun...let me in...I will shoot the ...lot of you.”

Jones then picked a sports bag he had brought with him and shook it at the nurse.

“I don’t really have one,” he is alleged to have said.

The nurse ushered the patients from the waiting room through the door into the emergency department and police were called.

When the police arrived Jones was sitting in the empty room behind a row of chairs but then stood up and mimed the act of pointing a rifle at the armed officers.

Police said he then dropped his arms to his side and said: “I was only joking.”

But when they told him to place his hands against the wall he became abusive and struggled violently to break free of them, they said.

Before they took Jones away to the police station, they had the hospital check him over and he was found to be in good health.

Jones has been in custody since December and will remain behind bars until he faces court in Wilcannia to be sentenced.

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