Former headteacher admits threatening behaviour

Derek Curran

Derek Curran

A FORMER headteacher at a city secondary school has admitted behaving in a threatening and abusive manner at the Sick Kids hospital.

Derek Curran, 56, previously principal at Castlebrae Community High, pleaded guilty at Edinburgh Sheriff Court to refusing to leave a hospital ward in January 2014.

The court heard yesterday that the incident caused annoyance and alarm, with staff eventually calling the police.

Sheriff Kenneth McGowan was told that if it hadn’t been for “other matters”, the case would not have been prosecuted.

Fiscal Depute Aidan Higgins said Curran’s attitude was “aggressive and unpleasant”.

Mr Higgins said officers asked Curran, of Brunstane Road, to leave, adding: “He accepted there was no other course but that he should leave and he did.”

Advocate Gavin Anderson admitted his client had “perhaps not covered himself in glory”.

He pointed out that a son of Curran’s, born in 2001, had died at the hospital in 2003.

Curran was admonished by Sheriff McGowan, who said: “In the light of what I have heard, clearly this matter would never have been prosecuted.”