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Mentally ill patient stabs doctor with fountain pen
A PATIENT with a personality disorder stabbed a doctor with a fountain pen during a consultation, Southampton Crown Court heard.
Neil Campbell had been accompanied to the practice in Stoneham Lane with two friends to help him resolve a problem he had been experiencing with the Department of Work and Pensions over his benefit.
Prosecutor Dawn Hyland said Campbell wanted Dr Yasir Hamid to write a letter to the department to support his claim but the doctor felt he could not do it.
Campbell then flew into a rage, yelling it had been “a complete of waste of time”, before grabbing the doctor’s pen.
He then removed the top, lunged at the GP and stabbed him with the pen in his lower left arm.
He then removed the pen and threw it down before leaving.
Dr Hamid followed, applying first aid to the puncture wound. He told police it had been very painful at the time and the shock had added to it.
Campbell, 38, of Monks Way, Mansbridge, admitted wounding.
Recorder Nicholas Haggan QC, who read two psychiatric reports, accepted the stabbing had not been premeditated.
Giving him a 12-month suspended sentence coupled with 18 months’ supervision, the judge added: “You knew what you did was serious. The doctor was doing his public duty and was vulnerable to attack.
“But in my view had you not been unwell, I accept this would not have happened and you would not have behaved in this way.”
In mitigation, Richard Martin described Campbell, who once had suffered a breakdown, as living an isolated existence. He had been signed off work but was not work shy and added that the appointment with the doctor got off to a bad start when Campbell went to the toilet and another patient was called.
“There is no criticism of the doctor here. He was doing his best but could not resolve the defendant’s situation, and it was at this point Campbell doesn’t remember what happened but accepts he attacked the doctor after picking up the pen.”
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