A homeless bloke who ran amok in a hospital A&E, smashing equipment and mooning the staff, has found love with the kindly woman who took him in over Christmas
Daniel Howard, 43, met the woman in Hull on Christmas Eve and she invited him for Christmas dinner – but he ended up staying ever since.
Although the pair did not like each other at first, with Howard walking out at one point, but after he returned they fell in love.
But before he can settle down with his newfound love, Howard still needs to reckon with the consequences of his hospital rampage.
Howard was due to be sentenced at Hull Crown Court for a number of offences committed in May 2019 and July 2020, but was told by Judge David Tremberg he will be sentenced in March instead, reports Hull Live.
The court heard that on May 12, 2019, Howard was in the A&E department at Hull Royal Infirmary after suffering an epileptic seizure.
Prosecutor Richard Butters told the court on Thursday: "The consultant went to assess him and he asked how he was. The defendant said he was fine and he was asked if he was in any pain to which the defendant said, 'f*** off.’
"The defendant got out of bed and punched the wall and pulled the sliding door off, causing £1,000 worth of damage."
Howard continued to cause chaos, kicking a machine and 'mooning' at staff and patients. Eventually the police were called.
Howard was asleep when officers arrived and as they went to check the room he had damaged he suddenly woke and shouted, 'No I f****** never' and hit his head with his fists."
He was taken into custody, but continued causing mayhem at the police station.
The court heard how Howard has a long list of previous convictions for offences such as battery and assaulting emergency workers.
Mitigating, Richard Thompson told the court that since this offending, Howard's life has changed.
He said: "The pre-sentence report shows a gloomy picture. The defendant is still struggling with drug problems and his mental health but on Christmas Day he met a good Samaritan.
"She took him off the street and they developed a relationship. She helps him day to day with his medications and his probation appointments and she is trying to help him with his drug problems."
The woman told Judge David Tremberg from the witness box that the pair developed feelings for each other.
She said: "He was a bit of a mess. I asked if he wanted to come for Christmas dinner and at first we didn't get on so I told him to leave.
"But he came back again and we seemed to have a truce and we are partners.
"He has been good as gold. He has caused no trouble and does not seem to be affected by drugs."
Judge Tremberg deferred Howard's sentence until March 22.
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