A MAN who drunkenly attacked hospital staff walked away with a community order following a court hearing.

Karol Marczak, 58, appeared at Basingstoke Magistrates Court on January 8 after pleading guilty to five counts of assaulting an emergency worker and one count of using threatening or abusive language.

The court heard that at around 8.10pm on December 15, the Polish native was taken to Basingstoke hospital with a head injury.

Presiding magistrates heard that ambulance staff had phoned ahead to warn hospital staff that Marczak, of Thornycroft Close, Newbury, was aggressive and violent towards them.

When he arrived at the hospital security staff could tell that the 58-year-old had been drinking, so they tried to calm him down, but he acted aggressively, attempting to headbutt one of the security staff.

The court heard that Marczak was left on a trolley for 45 minutes to sober up, but when staff went to attend on him he was still aggressive and tried to run out of the hospital, nearly careering into a man carrying a baby.

Magistrates were told that once staff were finally able to treat him for his head injuries, Mr Marczak continued to lash out, headbutting one of the security staff in the chest and kicking out at another member of staff.

When discharged, the court heard that Mr Marczak was seen outside the hospital drinking from a bottle of vodka, and reinjuring himself, having to be readmitted.

This time, police were called and when they attempted to calm him and restrain him, one officer was kicked in the arm, with a member of the hospital security being kicked in the face.

A victim impact statement read to the court from PC Phil Howe said: “I should not be left with injuries when carrying out my duty as an officer.

“He [Mr Marczak] showed total disregard for the law and authority and a total lack of respect to any human.”

The presiding magistrates gave Mr Marczak a community order for each of the six counts and ordered him to pay £375 in compensation, £85 victim surcharge and £85 costs.