A 30-YEAR-OLD man sectioned under the mental health act has admitted assaulting two nurses in hospital who prevented him from going outside to smoke.
Rajan Sharma is currently a patient at The Hatherton Centre, St George’s Hospital, Stafford, and appeared at Burton Magistrates’ Court yesterday (Wednesday) to admit assaulting nurse Emma Ferns, and health care support worker Jessica Whitfield.
The court heard that at 11pm on May 29, the two staff members had been on duty when Sharma asked Ms Ferns if he could go outside for a cigarette.
Patients need to be escorted outside and another patient was already outside so Sharma was told he had to wait.
Emma Thompson, prosecuting, said: “He took exception to this and became quite aggressive. His behaviour changed and he was asked to go back to his room and calm down but he continued to be aggressive and was swearing.”
He then pushed Emma to the floor, causing injury. She got up but was pushed over again ‘with such force’. She later told police she was left winded and dazed.
Jessica Whitfield then became involved but was also pushed to the floor twice.
Jobless Sharma was later interviewed with an appropriate adult and entered full admission.
Ms Thompson said: “Emma Ferns had tenderness to right side of her neck, right arm, ribs and hip, a painful jaw and left side muscular pains.
“Jessica Whitfield had pain in her left wrist, a graze to her left ankle, and bruising on the centre of her back and thigh.”
The court also heard Sharma had previous convictions for violence and has now breached a 12 month conditional discharge.
His solicitor told magistrates the defendant apologised to staff straight after and is currently on a alcohol and drug misuse order in hospital
Sharma was given a 12 month supervision order, ordered to pay £85 court costs and a £65 victim surcharge and will pay £100 compensation each to the nurses.