A CARLISLE man who passed out through alcohol went on to assault two hospital security guards after being brought round.

Shaun Woods, 33, of Westwood, Carlisle – who himself works elsewhere as a security guard – pleaded guilty to two counts of assault by beating when he appeared at Carlisle’s magistrates’ court on Tuesday.

He was charged with assaulting Louise Lindsley and Graham Grant by beating them, when both were working as security guards at the Cumberland Infirmary.

Woods was taken to the hospital on November 23 unconscious because of alcohol consumption and had to be resuscitated.

He was on a trolley in the corridor in front of people when the incident happened.

Prosecuting, John Moran said: “They had gone to get the defendant to leave.”

Woods took hold of Miss Lindsley and pushed hard against her shoulder.

“He then said in a threatening and abusive way: ‘I’m going to knock you out’,” said Mr Moran.

Woods then kicked at the back of Mr Grant’s calf and kicked out and hit Miss Lindsley in the chest.

Miss Lindsley said she felt angry and hurt and didn’t appreciate it.

The magistrates heard how Woods had previously drunk rum, was highly intoxicated and had very little recollection of the incident.

A character reference read to the magistrates’ from Woods’ employer, a Mr Underwood, said: “There is nothing but commitment and dedication from him.

“Over my time of getting to know Shaun I have come to know him as a hard-working character who always completes his tasks to the highest standard.

“He always stays calm in difficult situations and this was very out of character for him.”

Magistrate Mark Travers said: “I don’t often give lectures, but today I am going to. This is unacceptable behaviour. There are two assaults.

“The increased seriousness is the intoxication, it was in a public place, in front of people and in a hospital.”

Woods was given a one-year community order.

He must also complete 200 hours of unpaid work. He was also ordered to pay costs of £85 and £90 to fund victim services.

Woods must pay £50 compensation to Mr Grant as well as £70 to Miss Lindsley.