Assault victim punched through a wall while waiting for treatment at Sunderland hospital

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AN ASSAULT victim punched his fist through the wall of a hospital waiting room when police took him there for treatment.

Kenneth Latimer, 27, was taken to Sunderland Royal Hospital on June 15 with a suspected broken jaw, and cuts to the inside of his mouth and his eyelid, Sunderland magistrates heard.

Prosecutor Paul Anderson said Latimer, of Cavell Road, Hylton Castle, offered to pay for the damage and pleaded guilty to criminal damage.

Anna Haq, defending, said: “He was bleeding from cuts to the inside of his mouth and a cut to his upper eyelid and had a suspected broken jaw and was taken to the hospital.

“He was under the influence of alcohol. Then he takes a telephone call from his brother while he is there. He hasn’t spoken to his brother for a long time and he becomes upset and punches the wall.”

Mrs Haq said Latimer had taken to alcohol after going through a rough patch and had been staying in Seaham as part of his bail conditions.

District Judge Roger Elsey deferred sentencing for three months on the condition that Latimer makes progress with his alcohol treatment. The defendant will be back in court on May 22.