Baillie patient assaults three nurses over room search

A SECURE patient of Baillie Henderson Hospital had assaulted three male nurses after becoming agitated during a room inspection.

Police had been called to the hospital about 11.15am, January 11, on a report of Frank Thomas Edward Richardson assaulting the nurses, two aged 61 and the other 52.

Police prosecutor Alistair Windsor told Toowoomba Magistrates Court all three victims had been left with a black eye, swelling and bruising.

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Richardson, 28, had spent the 169 days since in custody before pleading guilty yesterday to three counts of assault occasioning bodily harm.

His solicitor Peter Sloane said his client had been diagnosed with schizophrenia and had been in the secure unit of the hospital for about six years.

Normally, his client and hospital staff got along well but at times he became frustrated and on this occasion had become angry after being told certain possessions in his room should not be there.

Mr Sloane said his client had told him he was sorry for the incident and instructed, "I shouldn't have blown up like that".

If released from custody, his client would be returned to the secure unit of the hospital, he said.

Noting Richardson had previous convictions for assault but accepting he had "snapped" on this occasion, Magistrate Graham Lee sentenced him to the 169 days he had already served.



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