Man who threatened to kill hospital security guard and rape children on trial


 A man who threatened to stab a hospital security guard and rape his children may be spared jail to receive mental health treatment, a court heard  Lee Steenson, 31, who claimed to be a member of Salford’s notorious A Team criminal gang, left a trio of security guards in shock after his tirade at Salford Royal Hospital  Steenson wielded a kitchen knife at staff and warned he would ‘stab you to death’ after they asked him to leave a hospital waiting room  Security managed to detain and remove his kitchen knife before police arrested him  Prosecutor Juliet Berry told Manchester Crown Court that a security guard at Salford Royal Hospital went to investigate after reports of a man acting strangely near the pathology lab at 1 30am on October 2.  Steenson, who was sitting on a bench at the time, told the security guard he was OK but spoke to the official in an ‘aggressive’ manner, the court heard  At first the defendant said he was a patient but then said he was waiting for a friend who was in A&E  But Steenson was unable to provide any information about his ‘friend’ and when he got up from his bench the security guard noticed he had an empty bottle of wine, Ms Berry told the court  Steenson was asked to leave the hospital but he refused and threatened to stab the security guard, telling him: “I will stab you to death ”  The defendant then reached for his waistband and the security guard feared he had a knife although no weapon was produced at that stage, the court heard  Steenson boasted he was a member of ‘the A gang’, again threatened to stab the security guard, and also threatened to kidnap him and rape him and his children, said the prosecutor  The security guard told Steenson to ‘relax’ but the defendant ran towards him.  The guard and a colleague, both men, disarmed Steenson of a kitchen knife and detained him  A third security guard, a woman, arrived on the scene and saw the defendant had a knife in the waistband of his trousers and police were called to arrest him  When he was interviewed, Steenson told officers he had discharged himself from North Manchester General Hospital a few days earlier and that he had not been given ‘fresh medication’  He said he heard voices in his head and insisted he had the knife to harm himself, the court was told  Steenson, of Greenbrow Road in Wythenshawe, south Manchester, pleaded guilty to possessing a knife and a public order offence  One of the security guards told police she found Steenson’s comments about children ‘disturbing’ while a second security guard told officers: “I do not expect to come to work and to have threats made towards me and my family    “I also don’t expect threats to my life. I was disgusted with his behaviour  “I hope no-one else has to face this type of behaviour.”  The third security guard said he was ‘disgusted’ by Steenson’s conduct  The court heard Steenson has 21 previous convictions for 48 crimes including for violence, burglary and drugs  At the time he was threatening security guards in the hospital he was serving a community order for harassing a former partner and breaching a restraining order  A judge told Steenson, who claims to have studied at ‘HMP Strangeways’ on his Facebook page, there was a chance he may be spared jail so he can be treated for his mental health problems  Stuart Duke, defending, admitted his client’s position was ‘precarious’ but he pointed out Steenson had been under the influence of alcohol at the time but had not ‘brandished’ the knife  His client, he said, had a long history of mental ill health and had been diagnosed with emotionally unstable personality disorder, which leads to a ‘heightened sense of threat’  The judge, Mr Justice William Davis, agreed to adjourn sentencing until November 15 while work is done to establish what treatment the defendant could receive in the community if he was spared jail  He agreed it would be an ‘ambitious’ step given Steenson’s record to help rather than punish him, but he said the sentencing judge should know more about any treatment before they decide the next move

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