Calderstone patient assaults staff member: court case

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A PATIENT at Calderstones Hospital in Whalley who was suffering paranoid schizophrenia twice assaulted a member of staff there.

Blackburn magistrates heard at the time of the assaults Mohammed Ali’s medication regime had not been established and he was “hearing voices”. But staff said that since his treatment had taken effect his behaviour had been much improved.

Ali (21) pleaded guilty to two charges of assaulting David Dean. He was given a conditional discharge for 12 months and ordered to pay £85 costs and £100 in compensation.

Mr Stephen Barker (defending) asked the magistrates to consider a conditional discharge given the progress Ali was making.

“He gets on well with the staff, who are pleased with his progress and are providing him with a great deal of support,” said Mr Barker.