Man attacked with chair as he waited outside Sunderland’s A&E

Sunderland Royal Hospital's emergency department.
Sunderland Royal Hospital's emergency department.
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A yob who attacked a man with a chair outside the accident and emergency department at Sunderland Royal Hospital has been spared jail.

The victim was waiting outside the entrance at 8am on December 13, when he was set upon by Wayne Carr, 26, magistrates heard.

Mr Carr may well have got the wrong end of the stick as to who was in the right or who was in the wrong. He lost his temper and struck him over the shoulder area with a chair

Gerry Armstrong, defending

Prosecutor Paul Anderson said: “The injured party was simply waiting outside the A&E of the hospital that morning when this man came out shouting at him.

“He walked away, but returned a short time later with a chair and hit him over the head with it”

The victim suffered a sore shoulder and a mark to his arm and right temple as well as bruising and swelling to his arm, the court heard.

Mr Anderson said security staff had seen Carr walk out of the A&E with a chair and hit the man in the shoulder area. He was detained until police arrived.

He refused to be interviewed or explain why he had attacked the man, the court was told, and he was on a current community order,

Carr, of Pallion Park, pleaded guilty to assault.

Gerry Armstrong, defending, said: “What I couldn’t understand when I was glancing at the papers this morning was why would somebody do this? What happened here?

“He tells me: ‘I was at the A&E because I had been seriously assaulted. I’d had a head wound stitched’.

“He was taken to hospital and, lo and behold, he may have seen one of the persons involved in the assault. He recognised him from outside the kebab shop.

“Mr Carr may well have got the wrong end of the stick as to who was in the right or who was in the wrong. He lost his temper and struck him over the shoulder area with a chair.

“It’s disappointing that he finds himself back in trouble. I’ve told him that ‘I’m afraid that in an A&E department, you behave yourself. The court will deal with it severely and that may mean losing your liberty’, but hopefully not today.”

Carr was given a three-month jail sentence, suspended for 18 months. He was told to pay £100 in compensation, £80 surcharge and £85 costs.