A QUEENSFERRY man who attacked hospital staff in an “explosive loss of temper” has been detained at a young offenders institute.

Lennon Stagg, of Station Road, appeared at Mold Crown Court on Thursday for sentencing.

The 20-year-old had already admitted three offences; two of assault and one of failing to comply with a post sentence supervision order.

Simon Parry, prosecuting, told the court that on the afternoon of December 26 last year, Glan Clwyd Hospital security guard Garin Amies was on duty.

He had been called to assist Stagg, who was under the influence of drugs in the A&E department, due to concerns raised about his condition and behaviour.

Stagg became aggressive and grabbed Mr Amies around the neck, causing nurse Gareth Thomas to become involved.

He tried to assist Mr Amies but was thrown to the ground by Stagg and hit his head on a metal sign, which caused a fractured cheek bone.

Stagg also kicked Mr Thomas hard enough to leave a footprint on his uniform, the court heard.

Police officers attended the scene and arrested Stagg, who was aggressive and threatened the officers.

At interview he said he had no memory of the events as he had taken drugs.

Dafydd Roberts, defending, told the court: “He has spent three weeks in custody and he has been able to reflect on his behaviour.

“At the time of committing these offences, he was effectively homeless and his life was spiralling out of control.

“He is ashamed of his behaviour.”

Judge Rhys Rowlands told Stagg: “There are two victims here and they are both emergency workers.

“They were assaulted by you during their work at the hospital.

“This was an appalling incident. It was an explosive loss of temper on your part.

“To have behaved aggressively towards staff at a hospital beggars belief, even more so during a pandemic when they have a great deal on their hands.”

Judge Rowlands handed Stagg 21 months detention in a young offenders institute.