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Man angry at doctors broke into surgery then waited for police
7:41am Tuesday 8th October 2013 in News
A MAN with mental illness broke into a Selby surgery at night intent on vandalising it because he was angry at the way he believed the doctors were handling his case, York Crown Court heard.
Jonathan Boumphrey, prosecuting, said instead of smashing up the Scott Road Medical Centre, Steven George Clarke, 46, sat for some time in the waiting area, waiting for the police to arrive in the early hours, and when they didn’t turn up, went home.
Police were alerted at 4am that the surgery’s alarm had gone off at 2.40am and found Clarke’s blood inside the building. The entrance door had been broken with a concrete slab.
The court heard that since the burglary, he had come off anti-depressants, changed his lifestyle and obtained help.
Clarke was traced through the blood sample and arrested on May 8.
Judge Neil Clark told Clarke: “Anybody who breaks into a doctor’s surgery commits a serious offence whatever the circumstances.” This was because of the disruption caused to other patients and staff, who had to check that drugs had not be stolen.
He gave Clarke a three-month prison sentence suspended for 12 months on condition he did a three-month nightly curfew. Clarke, of Church Lane, Selby, pleaded guilty to burglary with intent to commit criminal damage.
His barrister Steven Grattage said at the time Clarke was taking anti-depressants. He was also binge drinking and taking the drug M-cat and twice tried to kill himself as “cries for help”.
He was not happy with the treatment he was getting at the surgery and went down to rant outside it. When he saw the surgery was broken, he went inside to “make them listen”.
But he injured his leg and sat in the waiting area for an hour.
Meanwhile, in a separate incident on the same night, a youth, who cannot be named for legal reasons, admitted burgling the surgery so he could detoxify behind bars. He was given an eight-month custody sentence.