A man is to face trial charged with pulling cigarette lighters out of his back passage and hurling them at nurses and medics.
Adam Nicolson faces a charge that alleges he behaved in a threatening, abusive and aggressive manner at the Forth Valley Royal Hospital in Larbert, Stirlingshire.
He is charged that he did, among other things, “remove cigarette lighters from your anus and throw them at medical staff there”.
This is said to have been “likely to cause a reasonable person to suffer fear and alarm”.
Nicolson, 22, is also alleged to have shouted and sworn, slammed doors, and uttered offensive remarks and threats of violence.
His actions are said to have taken place at the hospital over a seven day period, between the 16th and 22nd of January this year contrary to section 38 of the Criminal Justice and Licensing (Scotland) Act 2010.
He is further alleged to have assaulted a staff nurse at the same hospital on January 24th, by throwing a cigarette lighter at her in an attempt to make it strike her on the body.
At Falkirk Sheriff Court today, solicitors for Nicolson, of Sauchie, Clacks., tendered a not guilty plea on his behalf.
Nicolson himself was not personally present.
Prosecutor Michael Maguire asked for the matter to be continued to trial.
Summary sheriff Alison McKay set trial for July 10th, with a preliminary hearing on June 21st.
The 300million 860-bed Forth Valley Royal Hospital opened in 2010, replacing the former Stirling and Falkirk and District Royal Infirmaries, providing acute medical services to patients from all over Stirlingshire, Clackmannanshire and South Perthshire.