A nurse at a Radlett psychiatric unit suffered a bleed on her brain after being subjected to a “brutal” assault by one of the patients, a jury heard today (Wednesday, October 26).
She had been asked to give medication to Kieron Hall, who had become aggressive at the end of a 30 minute assessment by a consultant psychiatrist on the Oak Ward at Kingsley Green.
When she said: “Hello Kieron I am one of the nurses,” Hall rose to his feet and punched her numerous times to the face, St Albans crown court heard.
Prosecutor Peter Shaw said: “She ended up on the floor. She recalled him stamping on her chest four times and on her head.”
A colleague, who grabbed Hall’s left hand, described the attack on his colleague as brutal. As he intervened, Hall allegedly threw a punch, saying: “I am going to kill you.” He blocked the punch, suffering a small fracture to a bone in his wrist.
Another staff member was bruised in the chest when he was punched.
An ambulance was called for the nurse who had suffered bruising on the face, forehead and temple, scratches to her chest and pain in her back as well as a bleed on the brain.
Hall, aged 32, Fearnley Street, Watford, denies causing grievous bodily harm with intent on November 10 last year and an alternative charge of causing grievous bodily harm. In addition he pleaded not guilty to causing actual bodily harm to another of the staff and assault on an emergency worker.
Mr Shaw said: “He committed a very serious assault against a staff member.
“He had been in the unit since November 7. There had been problems with a lack of co-operation: problems with Covid tests, assessments about his mental state and not taking his recommended medication.”
On the day of the assaults he had been “coaxed” into a lounge for the assessment.