Pa­tient at­tacked worker on men­tal health ward


A PA­TIENT on a men­tal health ward at­tacked a mem­ber of staff and spat at him.

Damien Brewer, 24, was a pa­tient on the Mill­brook Unit at Mac­cles­field Hos­pi­tal when staff on the ward heard some com­mo­tion com­ing from the lounge, a court heard.

They spot­ted Brewer leav­ing the room and saw that he had dam­aged the TV be­cause he was strug­gling to get it work­ing, the hear­ing was told. A staff mem­ber tried to calm Brewer down but the de­fen­dant tried to punch him.

An­other worker, Si­mon Ever­all, stepped in but Brewer at­tacked him, strik­ing him on the head be­fore spit­ting at him, the court heard.

Mag­is­trates were told that Brewer’s med­i­ca­tion was hav­ing an ad­verse ef­fect on him, but they warned him it was their duty to pro­tect men­tal health work­ers.

Robin Lynch, prose­cut­ing, said: “Staff on the Bollin Ward heard bang­ing in the lounge and saw the de­fen­dant leav­ing the room.

“The de­fen­dant couldn’t get the TV work­ing and was in a bad mood. “The TV was dam­aged. “The de­fen­dant re­moved his shirt and a staff mem­ber tried to calm him down but he threw punches to­wards the worker.

“An­other staff mem­ber, Si­mon Ever­all, tried to in­ter­vene and was struck to the fore­head and the de­fen­dant spat at him.”

The court heard Mr Ever­all had no vis­i­ble in­juries but suf­fered a headache.

Brewer, of Pick­er­ing Way, Stape­ley, pleaded guilty at Stock­port Mag­is­trates Court to as­sault by beat­ing and crim­i­nal dam­age to a TV be­long­ing to the Mill­brook Unit at Mac­cles­field District Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal, on Au­gust 25, 2016.

Karl Ben­son, de­fend­ing, said: “The in­ci­dent oc­curred in hos­pi­tal af­ter the de­fen­dant had been sec­tioned. A psy­chi­atric re­port has been pro­duced. He was hav­ing an ad­verse re­ac­tion to his med­i­ca­tion at the time of the in­ci­dent.

“He’s been much bet­ter re­cently and his med­i­ca­tion is sta­ble.”

Mag­is­trates gave Brewer a con­di­tional dis­charge.

Chair­man of the bench Joseph Si­mon said: “We do have to pro­tect our men­tal health pro­fes­sion­als but we take into con­sid­er­a­tion the prob­lems you face.

“We hope we won’t see you here again.”

Brewer was or­dered to pay £85 court costs, £20 vic­tim sur­charge and £80 com­pen­sa­tion.

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