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Court hears how medics had to restrain abusive man
3:20pm Wednesday 30th October 2013 in News
A drunken man tried to punch a doctor dealing with a patient in a hospital’s accident and emergency department.
Dr David Markham told Ralph Anderson there was no need for him to be detained at Southampton General Hospital and discharged him to attend other people.
His response was to shower the doctor and nurse Owen Hammett with abuse, said prosecutor Anthony Bailey.
Anderson continued being demanding and shouted after the doctor and the nurse who went into a cubicle to tend a woman in their care. Fearing for the patient’s health, they came out of the cubicle where they were confronted by Anderson who clenched his fist and tried to throw a punch.
The nurse and doctor restrained Anderson and they manhandled him from the department. Anderson then went down on his knees and claimed he had been assaulted by hospital staff.
Anderson, 37, of Whitewood Avenue, Shirley, had been committed for sentence by magistrates after he had admitted common assault and an unrelated charge of causing damage when he broke the frosted pane of glass in a front door.
The city crown court heard that at the time he was subject to a suspended sentence for causing actual bodily harm.
Said to have 19 previous convictions, he was jailed for 13 months.
“You behaved in a disgraceful way when you were drunk and abusive,” said Judge Derwin Hope passing sentence.
“Doctors must be protected by courts doing their important work. Being drunk is no excuse for your actions and only an immediate term of custody can be justified.”
David Storry, defending, said Anderson was dependent on alcohol which linked all his offending. “He has tried to address his drink problem with varying success. He accepts he threw the punch but it did not land and wants to apologise to the doctor.
“He was having heart palpitations and got frustrated but knows he should not have done what he did.”
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