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Psychiatric nurse injected with drugs by patient

Attack happened in Thornford Park Hospital

John Garvey


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A PSYCHIATRIC patient at Thornford Park Hospital attacked a nurse with a syringe, injecting her with powerful drugs before she could escape.

The terrifying incident happened in a secure unit at the Crookham facility, New-bury magistrates heard.

Helen Waite, prosecuting on Thursday, April 28, said a colleague who rescued the nurse Dawn Watts saw two puncture wounds on her upper thigh and fluid from the drugs running down her leg.

It was the second time in months that 47-year-old Timothy David Randall had attacked a hospital staff member, the court was told.

He was flanked in the dock by a burly, uniformed man from the hospital team, while three more sat in the public gallery nearest to him.

Ms Waite said that, on the latest occasion, Ms Watts was administering medication in the form of an injection to Mr Randall.

She added: “It was a fortnightly injection and needed to be given in the buttocks. At first he was co-operative and she inserted the needle.”

Without warning, the court heard, Mr Randall leaped up and grabbed the syringe.

In a statement to police, nurse Watts said: “He swung it towards me and stabbed me in the upper thigh. Then he did it again.”

Ms Waite said: “A male assistant confirmed her account. She had two puncture wounds and moisture from the drugs on her leg. Fortunately she suffered no major effects from the drugs injected into her.

“The defendant told police afterwards that the needle had hurt him and he had grabbed it in anger.”

Mr Randall, a married man who used to live at Pigeons Farm Road, Greenham, admitted committing one offence of assault by beating on October 1 last year.

The court heard he was convicted of a similar charge involving a different staff member last August.

That incident happened around the time of a scheduled visit from his wife, which was to be supervised by a member of staff, magistrates were told.

The fact that he could not be alone with her angered Mr Randall, the court heard on that occasion, and magistrates were told he had thrown punches at a staff member, resulting in minor injuries.

Sarah Neighbour, defending, said her client had been in Thornford Park Hospital for three years and had no foreseeable release date, adding: “His treatment is ongoing.”

She told the court: “He has spent six weeks in isolation as a result of this latest incident, so he has been penalised already.”

District judge Davinder Lachhar made Mr Randall subject to a 12-month conditional discharge. She also ordered him to pay £85 costs plus £50 compensation to nurse Watts.

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  • Lemonade

    03/06/2016 - 14:02

    Wow the ignorance of these comments is unbelievable but I do believ the hospital has an open day - many of the families of patients attend. Perhaps you could all talk to the hospital or patient groups and - gosh - get a clue? Instead of getting your information from the internet, youtube or American films (did someone actually quote One flew over the cuckoo nest? Seriously?) please, do yourselves a favour and become informed because your comments do not help anyone - especially not the patients who would on the whole not agree with what that patient has done & just want to get on with their treatment.


  • wdtony

    11/05/2016 - 15:03

    Not enough information given to make a judgement. What drug was this, why has he been confined, and is the taking of the drug consensual? Why is he not allowed to see his wife in private? If these drugs are so dangerous, then why is he receiving them? Why would the nurse be worried about drug effects if they are so helpful to patients? This is telling about the mental health industry and how bad these drugs really are.


    • alijane89

      19/05/2016 - 12:12

      Couldn't agree more.


  • dd1979

    06/05/2016 - 16:04

    To all the poeple on here saying well done to Mr Randall for doing this wait in till he is walking down the street and he attacks some because he has a mental psychotic episode Because he's not taken or given his medication.


    • Editor

      11/05/2016 - 11:11

      he was just giving her a taste of her own (toxic) medicine.


      • Lemonade

        03/06/2016 - 14:02

        Stupid ignorant comment. Unbelievable. Honestly if you only knew.



    06/05/2016 - 15:03

    You can only call this an "attack" if the "treatment" of this guy was consensual. If he was forced on these drugs I'd call it "self-defense".


    • dd1979

      06/05/2016 - 16:04

      Come on think of the nurse that is trying to do her job. No one that takes a job to care for poeple should have to get that treatment


    • grumpy

      06/05/2016 - 15:03

      you can't be serious, this bloke is a nut job


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