One-legged patient attacked nurse with a bin at Sunderland hospital

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A PATIENT threw a bin at a nurse and smashed a hospital window with a pool ball.

Angela Jane Mason, who has one leg and uses a wheelchair, was locked up overnight by police following the wrecking spree.

Mason, 35, pleaded guilty to criminal damage and assault at Sunderland Magistrates’ Court.

Prosecutor Paul Doney told the court that nurse David Walton was called to the East Willows ward shortly after 7pm on Sunday.

He went into the pool room and saw a window had been damaged and that the defendant was the only person in the room.

Mr Doney added: “Other members of staff him she had thrown a pool ball through the window.

“He spoke to the defendant, who pushed over a wooden cabinet, which smashed and threw a rubbish bin at Mr Walton.

“He kicked it away with his foot and moved out of the way for this safety.

“Police attended and the defendant was cautioned and arrested.”

Doctors said Mason was not acutely mentally ill, but was on the ward as she did not have an address to move to.

Mason, who has previous convictions from Liverpool Magistrates’ Court, said during interview that she was “anxious, angry and upset” at the time she committed the offences.

Representing herself, she pleaded guilty to assault and criminal damage, which put her in breach of a conditional discharge imposed for criminal damage.

“I said I’m sorry. I didn’t mean to do it,” she told JPs.

Magistrates adjourned the case until April so Probation Service reports can be prepared.