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Patient Lands in Jail for Attacking A&E Nurses Who Were Trying to Save Her Life
Date Posted: 13/Oct/2017
A woman who attacked two hospital nurses who were trying to save her from a suspected overdose has been jailed.
 
Deborah Roberts, 45, was rushed to Macclesfield Hospital but as nurses tried to treat her she became ‘vile’, a court heard.
 
Firstly she became verbally abusive then punched a nurse to the head and spat at her.
 
When a colleague came to help, Roberts gripped her by the stomach causing ‘a great deal of pain’.
 
Roberts was arrested but while in custody continued her ‘barrage of abuse’ against another nurse and a detention officer, who was punched to the back of the head giving her concussion.
 
At Stockport magistrates’ court, Roberts, of Turner Rise, Bollington, admitted two charges of assault, assaulting a police constable and using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour.
 
Sentencing her to 18 weeks in prison, magistrate Jane Ingram said: “This was prolonged, in a public place and on public servants trying to help you.”
 
Lynne Rogers, prosecuting, said: “The defendant was taken to hospital on August 8 around 8.45pm after [fears she] had taken an overdose of alcohol and medication.
 
“[The first nurse] was trying to put a cannula in her arm when she became verbally abuse and punched her about the head and spat at her.
 
“[A colleague] came to her aid and the defendant grabbed her by the stomach with both hands for five minutes which caused a great deal of pain. PC Binder heard the defendant shouting ‘I will rip your head off’.
 
“In custody [another nurse] sustained a barrage of abuse. The defendant spun and punched the detention officer to the head, leaving her with concussion.
 
“PC Binder described the noise of the impact as ‘horrific’.”
 
The court was told that a relative had been worried she had taken a overdose, but it was later discovered she had only consumed alcohol.
 
Shirley Fitton, defending Roberts, said her actions were caused by ‘excessive drinking and medication’, adding: “At the time she was undiagnosed as having bi-polar. She admits it was appalling behaviour.”
 
Roberts told magistrates: “I feel terrible. I should have been respectful of nursing staff.”
 
One nurse suffered ‘soreness to her head’ during the initial assault at Macclesfield hospital.
 
The colleague, who came to help her, was left with bruising and pain around her stomach when Roberts gripped her.
 
In a statement read out in court, the colleague said: “I was just trying to help her.
 
“I come to work to help people not be assaulted.
 
“I have never met such a vile lady.
 
“This happened when we were very busy and there lots of very ill people around.”
 
Another nurse who works at the Middlewich custody suite, said she was ‘shocked’ when the defendant spat at her.
 
Sarah Heaps, a police officer, told the court in a statement that she was ‘thrown off balance momentarily’ when she was hit.
 
She said: “It was a massive blow to the back of the head. It could have only been caused by a close fist.
 
“It caused immediate pain. I suffered from headaches and my vision was affected.”

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