Death threat made in fight between Kidderminster Hospital patients court hears

Death threat made in fight between Kidderminster Hospital patients court hears

Death threat made in fight between Kidderminster Hospital patients court hears

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IN a fight between two patients in a mental ward at Kidderminster Hospital, one threatened to kill the other with a sharpened matchstick, a court heard.

The threat was uttered by 40-year-old Wayne Billingsley, who had told staff earlier in the day that he had felt like murdering 52-year-old David Chitty because of gestures he made.

Jason Aris, prosecuting at Worcester Crown Court, said Mr Chitty had a cut on the back of his hand and ran out of the ward shouting "he's trying to kill me." Billingsley was alleged to have said "I told him I was going to do it."

No matchstick was found but Billingsley said he had flushed a razor blade down the toilet.

Billingsley, of Princes Drive, Worcester, pleaded guilty to wounding and was given a 12-month jail sentence suspended for two years. He must also undertake a drugs rehabilitation programme.

Michael Aspinall, mitigating, said Billingsley remembered little of the incident because he was an in-patient in Harvington ward and was receiving medication. He was already co-operating in a programme to cure his drug problem.

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