Hospital argument ends with £40 fine

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SHOUTING and swearing at Eastbourne DGH has ended in court for a 23-year-old man.

Mark Bowes, of Langney Road, Eastbourne, appeared before town magistrates on Wednesday (June 27) and admitted causing harassment alarm or distress outside the town’s hospital on June 13.

The court heard he was at the hospital with his partner who is three months pregnant with his child. The couple had been assaulted and Bowes said he was upset because his girlfriend had been punched in the stomach.

The court heard the police had been at the hospital talking to the couple and had asked the hospital security to keep an eye on them when they left.

The court heard Bowes started to become agitated after his treatment and said he wanted to go. His girlfriend had not been treated but he encouraged her to leave the hospital reluctantly.

Hospital staff watched the pair leave and then heard shouting and arguing. They also heard a slapping noise and went out to assist.

They found the girlfriend crying and the police were then called. Bowes was arrested for the public order offence.

In police interview, he said the slapping noise the security officers had heard was him clapping his hands when he told his girlfriend the relationship was over.

He defended himself in court and told magistrates, “At the time I was frustrated and upset because my girlfriend had been punched in the stomach and she is three months pregnant with my child.

“I had been beaten up myself that night and I was very distressed. I can assure you it will not happen again.”

Magistrates imposed a £40 fine, £85 costs and a £15 surcharge.