Shannon Lorraine Harriet Green (right) leaves Maroochydore Court House on Monday after being sentenced. Picture: Laura Pettigrew.
Shannon Lorraine Harriet Green (right) leaves Maroochydore Court House on Monday after being sentenced. Picture: Laura Pettigrew.

‘Kill you and your family’: Spitter’s hospital outburst

A young woman who threatened to kill a nurse and spat in a Coast hospital during the COVID-19 pandemic has described her actions cringe-worthy, a court has heard.

Shannon Lorraine Harriet Green had been taken from Caloundra Private Hospital to Nambour General Hospital when she became "noisy and boisterous" towards hospital staff.

"She was heard by the clinical nurse to say I will kill you and your family, words to that effect," police prosecutor Nick Nitschke said.

"(Green) continued to use these words and also say 'give me medication you c…, f… off you fat c…."

Maroochydore Magistrates Court heard Green made the threat after medication was not dispensed the way she wanted.

Sergeant Nitschke said Green's "threatening and belligerent" manner could have caused the hospital staff to fear being exposed to COVID-19.

" … (Green) was observed by nursing staff and security spitting on the floor at staff members who attempted to engage with her," he said.

He said Green was discharged from the hospital and continued her behaviour on the street until police were called.

The court heard Green had no criminal history.

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She pleaded guilty on Monday to failing to comply with COVID-19 public health direction and public nuisance.

Police did not offer any evidence for one count of threats.

Duty lawyer Rachel Holland said the 20-year-old, who found her actions cringe-worthy, was detoxing at Caloundra Private Hospital under the care of a psychiatrist at the time of the offences.

"She can't recall the offending, she is very remorseful," she said.

Ms Holland said Green was now medicated for borderline personality disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, anxiety and depression.

She said the behaviour was out of character and suggested a good behaviour bond or a fine

She asked for no conviction to be recorded.

Magistrate Rob Turra said Green's mental health conditions didn't excuse her "appalling" behaviour against the nurses who were there to care for the public.

He said he understood it was more than likely a one-off and noted the South Brisbane resident was now medicated.

"I think the risk of you reoffending is diminished significantly, I don't think you'll be back before the court," he said.

He placed Green on a $500 good behaviour bond for 12 months.

No convictions were recorded.