A patient at a Radlett psychiatric unit who launched a brutal assault on a nurse was today given a 15 year sentence.
Kieron Hall, 32, was jailed for 10 years, with a five year licence extension to protect the public because the judge said he was a “dangerous offender.”
It means Hall, from Watford, can be recalled to prison if he reoffends or breaks the terms of his licence at any time within the next 15 years.
Judge Richard Foster told him: “It was a brutal attack. The injuries were really quite horrifying.
“She suffered a bleed on the brain, terrible pain, and dizziness. She has lost her confidence and can’t drive. She struggles to think, has headaches and her husband has had to stop work to look after her. “
In a victim personal statement, the woman said she still has scars on her chest and body and said: “I will never be the same again.”
Prosecutor Daniel Siong told St Albans Crown Court that the victim had come to give him medication at the end of an assessment by a psychiatrist at the Oak Ward at Kingsley Green psychiatric unit.
When she said: “Hello Kieron, I am one of the nurses” Hall rose to his feet and punched her numerous times to the face.”
She went to the floor and he stamped four times on her chest and four times on head. The woman could feel her eyes closing over, said Mr Siong.
A colleague who went to the woman’s aid suffered a small fracture to a bone in his wrist as he blocked a punch. Another staff member was bruised in the chest when he was punched.
Hall, aged 32, of Fearnley Street, Watford, was convicted of causing grievous bodily harm with intent on November 10, 2021, causing actual bodily harm, and assault on an emergency worker. He had 18 previous convictions, including an offence of actual bodily harm and assaulting a constable.
The court was told psychiatrists found that he did not have any acute mental illness and could be dealt with by a prison sentence.
Hall had been in the unit since November 7 that year. 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.
Minal Raj, defending, said: “In the lead up to this incident Mr Hall had not had his medication for a number of days and had not eaten for a number of days.”
She said he had “a number of mental health difficulties.”
The judge told him: “The health care staff looking after you had your best interests at heart. They were trying to help you. The victim came in to give you your medication and you carried out a brutal attack on her for absolutely no reason whatsoever.”
He paid tribute to the victim for her bravery in giving evidence.