A MAN who breached his Asbo when he swore at hospital staff has avoided jail.

A doctor at Colchester General Hospital discharged Andrew Carey when he started abusing her while he was receiving treatment.

A court heard he also made racist remarks and threatened security staff as they restrained him until police arrived. He then swore at them as well.

Carey, 27, was under an Asbo that banned him from being drunk in public and threatening people.

His barrister told Chelmsford Crown Court there was a history of bad blood between Carey, some hospital security staff and the police involved in the incident.

Lynne Shirley said some of the officers involved had a film crew from Channel Five TV show Police Interceptors with them when Carey was arrested on an earlier occasion. Miss Shirley added Carey’s problem was alcohol.

She said: “Unless the cycle of arrest, prison, release and arrest again is broken, he will be in and out of prison for ever and a day.”

Carey avoided a jail sentence after a judge told him he was getting one last chance.

The court heard Carey, of no fixed address, went to the hospital on September 30 and said he had injured his wrist.

He was known to security staff and they asked him if he had any alcohol on him. He handed them a bottle containing what looked like cider.

He was told he would get it back when he left, as alcohol was banned in hospital buildings.

Carey was in casualty being treated by a doctor, who discharged him when he started swearing at her.

Security staff were called, but they had to restrain Carey before police arrived, after he became abusive over the cider bottle.

A 12-month suspended sentence had been imposed on Carey after he was seen drunk in a park off Mill Road, Colchester, only a day after being released from jail for another breach of his Asbo.

He admitted threatening behaviour, breaking his Asbo and breaking the conditions of a suspended sentence when he appeared in court yesterday..

Recorder Thomas Ashe QC told Carey he was giving him a final chance to change his ways.

He said: “I’m going to take a risk and I may be making a mistake. Prove me wrong.”

Carey was ordered to take part in an intensive scheme run by the probation service to help him with his alcohol problem.

He was also given a six-month prison sentence, suspended for 18 months.