Patient at Northampton mental healthcare hospital charged with assaulting member of staff

GV of St Andrews Hospital, Billing Road, Northampton. ENGNNL00120130731141736
GV of St Andrews Hospital, Billing Road, Northampton. ENGNNL00120130731141736
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A member of staff at St Andrew’s Hospital in Northampton was subjected to a “sustained, violent attack” by one of the patients that left him with multiple injuries, a court heard.

The 21-year-old patient, who is charged with causing actual bodily harm, appeared at Northampton Magistrates’ Court on Monday.

The court heard the patient allegedly attacked the member of staff in the hospital on February 23.

Vicki Walker, prosecuting, said the patient was alleged to have punched the male member of staff in the face and then carried out a “violent, sustained assault that lasted two minutes”.

Ms Walker said another member of staff at the hospital was quoted as saying she thought it was the most violent attack she had seen in 19 years working there.

The victim of the alleged attack suffered heavy bruising to his body and cuts to his face.

No plea was entered to the charge. Magistrates declined jurisdiction and the case was sent to Northampton Crown Court.