Addict in raid for painkillers

Pinderfields Hospital general view
Pinderfields Hospital general view

A PAINkiller addict burgled a hospital theatre during his search for drugs, a court heard.

Steven James Hague, 34, was caught at Pinderfields Hospital with three screwdrivers, two hammers, including one specifically designed for glass, and three pairs of latex gloves.

A medicine cabinet had been disturbed in a resuscitation room but nothing was taken.

Prosecutor Diane Gomersall told how security staff were alerted to a “suspicious looking male” outside the hospital entrance at 11.05pm on Sunday, April 3.

Hague was tracked on CCTV and was seen to take the lift to a restricted area. He was also seen in the theatre and resuscitation areas.

When he was challenged he claimed to be a security officer but was wearing a fireman’s jacket.

But he later told police he found the tools at a friend’s house and went to the hospital with the intention of finding some pain killers.

He went into various rooms but was disturbed by security staff before he had taken anything.

Mrs Gomersall told the court about a previous conviction when he went to a pharmacy dressed in a fireman’s jacket. He falsely claimed it was an emergency and he needed painkillers.

Hague, of Holebottom, Ashton Under Lyne, Manchester, admitted burglary.

Rob Casey, mitigating, said: “He has a dependency on painkiller, opiate-type substances and needs help.”

Hague was sentenced to a community order with 12-month supervision and nine-month drug rehabilitation requirements.

He was told to pay £85 costs and that the tools and his jacket would be destroyed.