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Man sentenced after threatening Addenbrooke's Hospital nurse

By Gemma Gardner

A man who broke off a metal bar from a disabled support rail before brandishing it aggressively towards a nurse has been sentenced.

Police have arrested a man. Stock picture (10883396)
Police have arrested a man. Stock picture (10883396)

Roberto Martiniani, of Wycliffe Road, Cambridge, was at Addenbrooke’s A&E department on December 18 when he was escorted to a disabled toilet by a nurse.

The 47-year-old went into the toilet but did not lock the door behind him. The hospital nurse returned a short while later to check he was OK but heard a strange noise.

She opened the door and witnessed Martiniani breaking off a metal bar from the support rail before walking towards her with it above his head.

Martiniani brandished the bar in an aggressive manner but the nurse managed to move out of his way.

Martiniani was restrained by security staff and later voluntarily interviewed on suspicion of common assault against an emergency worker.

He pleaded guilty to the offence at Cambridge Magistrates’ Court on Friday (May 17) and was sentenced to a two-year community order.

Martiniani was also ordered to complete a 30-day rehabilitation activity requirement and pay £100 in compensation to his victim.

PC Brad Munday, who investigated the incident, said: “This was an incredibly nasty incident and Martiniani threatened an emergency worker who was simply doing her job.

“While no physical harm was caused, she feared violence would be used against her.

“No-one should ever be treated in this way and I hope this conviction deters others from assaulting emergency service workers.”

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