A patient at a Radlett psychiatric unit who caused a nurse to suffer a bleed on her brain was today convicted of causing her grievous bodily harm with intent.
Kieron Hall, 32, had become aggressive at the end of a 30-minute assessment with a consultant psychiatrist on the Oak Ward at Kingsley Green.
The nurse was asked to give medication, and approached him in a lounge area at the unit saying: “Hello Kieron I am one of the nurses.”
With that Hall, who had been taken to the unit 3 days earlier by the police, 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 threw a punch. Although the man blocked it, he suffered a small fracture to a bone in his wrist.
Another staff member who went to help 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 the bleed on the brain.
Hall, of Fearnley Street, Watford, was convicted of causing grievous bodily harm with intent on November 10 last year, causing actual bodily harm and assault on an emergency worker.
He was remanded back to a secure unit by Judge Richard Foster who will sentence him on December 9.
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