Larbert offender blamed threatening behaviour on low blood sugar

An offender blamed his shouting and swearing at hospital staff – on two separate occasions – on his low blood sugar levels.

By Court Reporter
Tuesday, 3rd May 2022, 8:54 am
Updated Tuesday, 3rd May 2022, 12:40 pm

Appearing at Falkirk Sheriff Court last Thursday, Connor Swanston (22) had pleaded guilty to threatening behaviour – shouting, swearing and uttering threats – at Forth Valley Royal Hospital on July 3 and September 26, 2020.

Swanston was said to have blamed his offending behaviour on “hypos” – also called hypoglycaemia – where the level of sugar or glucose in your blood drops too low. The condition is associated with diabetes.

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Swanston threatened staff at Forth Valley Royal Hospital

Sheriff Derek Livingston said: “I’m not particularly impressed about hypos being the cause of his offending.”

Sheriff Livingston said Swanston had been causing the problem himself by misusing insulin.

Swanston, 9 Paton Drive, Larbert, was made subject to a structured deferred sentence for three months to July 28 for him to be of good behaviour in that time.