A MAN charged with assaulting a hospital worker and a police officer was thrown out of court after turning up drunk for his trial.
Mohammed Qayyum, of Holly Road, Thornton Lodge, was ejected from Huddersfield Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday after a fracas with two youths.
The case went ahead in his absence and Qayyum, 32, was found guilty of both charges in his absence.
At a subsequent hearing yesterday, the court heard he was an alcoholic.
Ian Whiteley, defending, said: “There should have been a one-and-a-half day trial. Mr Qayyum suffers from mental health problems and is a chronic alcoholic.
“He attended court in an inebriated condition and there was an altercation outside the court between himself and two youths.
“Because of that incident and his condition, he was excluded by security staff.”
The original offences took place on March 18.
Qayyum, who suffers from epilepsy, had suffered a fit at his home after drinking and was taken to Huddersfield Royal Infirmary.
Mr Whiteley said: “The allegation is that he was disruptive and abusive to a member of staff.
“He was given some medication and a drip and the allegation is that he took the drip out and started to leave.
“Security came and escorted him off the premises. During the course of that journey, it is alleged Mr Qayyum hit the security officer on the back of the head.”
Police were called and, as they arrested him and tried to force him into the back of a car, Qayyum kicked one of the officers in the face.
Sentencing was postponed until October 25 for a pre-sentence report to be prepared.