A MAN who threatened staff at Mildura Base Hospital says the outburst was a result of his mental health issues.
In October last year, Huseyin Bakir phoned the hospital’s mental health ward to enquire about being placed in a detox program.
However he became irate when the nurse directed him to another health organisation, saying the hospital did not offer that service.
The Mildura Magistrates’ Court was yesterday told Bakir made numerous threats to staff members over the phone, including saying “I’m going to come shoot youse all up”.
The staff members reported the matter to police.
When police spoke with Bakir he apologised for his outburst, with his counsel telling the court his mental health issues caused erratic behaviour.
Bakir yesterday pleaded guilty to the charge, along with other offences. This year he was twice charged with cannabis possession, including on Thursday, which led to his arrest and remand.
He told police he used his disability support pension to buy the drug.
The court was told he began receiving the pension 14 years ago after sustaining injuries as a result of a workplace forklift accident.
At the time of the offending he was on bail.
He was due to be released from custody yesterday and placed on a supervised nine month community corrections order.
Conditions of the order include that he receive treatment and rehabilitation for drug abuse and mental health issues.
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