A man who threatened to kill an ambulance technician and tried to pull her out of her vehicle has been given a jail sentence.

In a victim impact statement Teresa Murphy said it was the most frightening experience in her 12 years with the ambulance service.

Magistrates in Llandudno heard that when the defendant, Rory Mark Jones, who was suffering a psychotic episode, was taken to Glan Clwyd Hospital, he threatened staff, hurled abuse at them and held a computer monitor above his head in an aggressive manner.

Jones, 35, of Conwy Street, Rhyl, pleaded guilty to assault on an emergency worker and to using threatening behaviour. For the assault he was given a 20-week prison sentence suspended for 12 months, and on the second charge was fined £120.

He was also ordered to pay Ms Murphy £200 in compensation, and £150 to mental health worker Tracy Norcross, who had been trying to assess his condition.

Prosecutor James Neary told the court that on June 16 the defendant’s mother called an ambulance because he was suffering from a psychotic episode but when Ms Murphy and her colleague Lucy Doherty arrived he swore at them, threw his phone away and said: “Get the police. I’ll kill them as well.”

Ms Murphy ran back to the ambulance but before she could lock the door Jones grabbed her and tried to drag her out. Her crewmate pulled her back in and Jones’s mother dragged him away.

Jones was taken to hospital by police officers and assessed by mental health workers. He told them he had been using crack cocaine for days and so it was felt he could take some responsibility for his behaviour.

When told he would be cared for in the community instead of being admitted to the Ablett Ward his conduct then deteriorated. He swore and was abusive to Tracy Norcross.

“Patients and staff would have heard him. There were lots of sick children who got quite upset,” said Mr Neary.

Andrew Hutchinson, defending, said that Jones had suffered from mental health problems since he was 16 and after being arrested for the incident at the hospital was actually admitted to the Ablett Unit .

“He doesn’t remember a great about nit but he does apologise to the ambulance crew and hospital staff,” he said.

Passing sentence, chairman Janet Ellis said: “The matter of the assault on the emergency worker passes the custody threshold, but only because she was an emergency worker going about her work but also because of the ongoing effects on her.”