Racist abused hospital security and robbed man sitting in car
An alcoholic has been jailed for a spate of offending that involved racially abusing a hospital security guard and robbing a man sitting in his car. Lance Hughes, 28, punched the man who was sitting in his car several times in the head before fleeing with his phone. Hughes, of no fixed abode, appeared at Truro Crown Court for sentence having pleaded guilty to robbery, attempted robbery and a racially aggravated public order offence.
Prosecuting barrister Ryan Murray told the court how the racially aggravated public order offence took place nearly two years ago. Hughes attended Royal Cornwall Hospital A&E with his partner while extremely drunk. He was soaked through after falling in water and kicked off when the hospital didn’t provide him with dry clothes.
At this point a mixed race security guard stepped in and Hughes unleashed a tirade of disgusting racist abuse in front of horrified patients and staff. The robbery and attempted robbery took place in Truro in February of this year when Hughes was released on licence from a prison term for assaulting an emergency worker. He approached a man on his phone in his car and punched him numerous times.
Hughes was able to get the phone and run away, but later caught by police with the phone in his possession. You can stay up to date on the top news and events near you with CornwallLive’s FREE newsletters – enter your email address at the top of the page. Not long after, in a desperate state, Hughes approached a man and tried to steal a sandwich he was eating.
Representing Hughes, Deni Matthews said he was street homeless at the time of the most recent offending and addicted to alcohol. Hughes is said not to have remembered what happened but accepts responsibility. Mr Matthews said: “He wishes to put this offending behind him and convey his apologies.
He was a man at his lowest ebb at this time.” Sentencing, Judge Simon Carr said: “On April 5, 2019, you attended A&E because of an incident your then partner was involved in. “Your clothing was wet because you’d entered water but when you felt you weren’t treated properly, in this case given new clothing, you became verbally abusive and aggressive.
“Security was called and you abused a mixed race security guard in the worst way. He behaved impeccably throughout. “When released from prison on licence you committed a robbery and attempted robbery.
“The victim was sitting in his car in a car park and you approached him making threats. He tried to call 999 but you punched him a number of times to the head and left with his phone which was found on you by police. “Then you attempted to steal a man’s sandwich.
You were street homeless and addicted to alcohol.” Hughes was jailed for two years nine months. More news from Cornwall: