A FRUSTRATED bookworm staged an “intimidating” stand-off when he threatened library staff who said he would not be allowed in without his card.
Aggravated David Joseph Hume shouted threats and tried to goad security guards, who were called by terrified staff at Sunderland City Library, into fighting with him.
Hume became abusive after walking into the Fawcett Street library, having forgotten his library card, Sunderland magistrates heard.
The 36-year-old even hurled abuse at three female librar users who happened to be nearby when he lost his temper on September 30.
“Mr Hume went to the City Library,” prosecutor Paul Anderson said. “He had forgotten his library card so he couldn’t produce it. Because of that, he seems to have got frustrated and aggressive towards staff there. Security staff came and spoke to him and asked him to leave.
“He comes back in a rather aggravated manner, slamming his bags on the floor. He puts his arms out and says ‘What are you going to do? Who’s going to throw us out? I’ll fight anyone of you as long as police are not involved. I’ve done 15 years in prison.’
“Noticing library-users are looking at him, he shouted ‘What’s your problem?’ Then, on seeing a security guard on the phone, he shouts ‘Who’s he talking to? It had better not be the police because I will come back for all of you’.”
Police arrived and arrested Hume. When they searched him, he was found to be in possession of a Stanley knife blade.
“He said he went to the library and realised he didn’t have his library card,” Mr Anderson said.
“One staff member recognised him but wouldn’t let him use the facilities. He said three judgmental women were talking about him.
“He said he had possibly over-reacted and accepted his conduct would be somewhat intimidating to people at the library at the time.”
Hume, of Manor Crescent, Sunderland, admitted a Section 4 public order offence but denied possession of a bladed article. He was convicted in his absence on December 20 after failing to turn up for his trial.
Angus Westgarth, mitigating, said: “Within a day or so, he was recalled to prison by virtue of the commission of this offence.
“This date had completely passed him by because he spent nine weeks in prison. It came as a complete surprise when he was arrested yesterday.
“He didn’t have any idea that the blade was on his person. He was moving property from his girlfriend’s address to his home address. He picked up two large magnets. In between these two large magnets was the blade.
“It was never used in any way. It was only during a search by police that this item was found.”
Hume has been bailed on the condition that he does not return to the library and will be sentenced on January 29.