Trial de­lay for RAH at­tack ac­cused

Paisley Daily Express - - Front Page -

The trial of a woman ac­cused of at­tack­ing nurses and putting NHS staff at risk of in­fec­tion has been hit by a fur­ther de­lay.

Mar­garet Woods, 38, con­tin­ued to deny the charges when she ap­peared at a pre-trial hear­ing at Pais­ley Sher­iff Court this week.

Ms Woods faces pro­s­ec­tion for al­legedly as­sault­ing a staff nurse at the Royal Alexan­dra Hospi­tal in the town and putting an­other mem­ber of staff at risk of in­fec­tion by spit­ting in his face.

De­fence agent Kirsty McGee­han con­firmed the ac­cused was main­tain­ing her not guilty plea to the ac­cu­sa­tions, but added the de­fence is seek­ing more in­for­ma­tion about her fit­ness to stand trial.

She added the ac­cused’s men­tal health has suf­fered while she has been held on re­mand at HMP Gate­side in Greenock.

The lawyer said: “There are con­tin­ued con­cerns over a de­te­ri­o­ra­tion in her men­tal health. She has been seen by a psy­chi­a­trist but there has not any for­mal di­ag­no­sis of her dis­or­der.

“I would re­quest an in­de­pen­dent psy­chi­atric opin­ion for the pur­poses of court pro­ceed­ings. We would seek a sup­ple­men­tary re­port to up­date the po­si­tion.”

Procu­ra­tor fis­cal de­pute Keri Mar­shall said the Crown agreed with the de­fence mo­tion.

She said: “Given that a fur­ther re­port has been in­structed, once the Crown has sight of the re­port it may have to in­struct its own re­port on Ms Woods.”

Ms Woods is ac­cused of be­hav­ing in a threat­en­ing and abu­sive man­ner at the RAH on May 18 where she is said to shouted, swore and acted ag­gres­sively to­wards staff, and that she ob­structed, hin­dered, and as­saulted staff nurse Regina English, and did kick her on the head to her in­jury.

She is also ac­cused of charges of reck­lessly and cul­pa­bly spit­ting in the face of staff mem­ber Ni­co­las Quinn, thereby ex­pos­ing him to the risk of Hepati­tis C in­fec­tion.

Sher­iff Tom McCart­ney con­tin­ued mat­ters for the re­ports to be ob­tained.

The case was ad­journed to Novem­ber 22 .

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