Hospital scientist brings knife to work and traps girlfriend in room, but keeps his job

Hospital scientist brings knife to work and traps girlfriend in room, but keeps his job

John Shakes brought a knife to work (Stock image)

Friday, May 26, 2017

A hospital scientist who trapped his girlfriend in a staff room and took a 15cm flick knife to work has been allowed to keep his job.

John Shakes called his girlfriend a "f****** lying c***" for not replying to his texts when he trapped her in the empty room, according to Court News UK.

The couple had met eight months before the incident as they both worked at Maidstone Hospital in Kent in the same department.

On October 31 2014, the part-time medical laboratory assistant had just come off duty at 7:45pm when Shakes approached her.

The specialist clinical biomedical scientist could be heard by other colleagues outside the room swearing and shouting at the woman, referred to as colleague A.

Another colleague had found a knife in Shakes' locker before the row, but it was claimed he only used to peel oranges and cut sugar cane.

The Health and Care Professions Tribunal Service decided that whilst Shakes' actions were misconduct, his fitness to practice wasn't impaired.

Donald Brown, the panel chair said: "The remorse shown by Mr Shakes in relation to the way he treated Colleague A was genuine and it was an isolated incident which has not been repeated since.

"He was fully aware of the dangers inherent in being in possession of a knife, he has now learnt his lesson and repetition is unlikely."

Whilst Shakes said he couldn't remember what words he used towards the woman, he did admit being aggressive and that it was unacceptable behaviour.