Patient lashed out with plastic shard

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A PATIENT at Calderstones hospital in Whalley who lashed out at members of staff had a sharp piece of plastic picture frame in his hand.

Blackburn magistrates heard Michael Douglas Rhodes caught one his carers in the face with the shard, and as blood was running from the support worker’s face Rhodes spat on him.

Rhodes (31), of Calderstones Hospital, Mitton Road, Whalley, pleaded guilty to assaulting Mario Saini. He was fined £200 and ordered to pay £250 in compensation and £100 in costs.

Miss Catherine Allan (prosecuting) said Rhodes had smashed a plastic picture frame and staff, using cushions to protect themselves, went to remove a sharp piece from his right hand.

“As one member of staff did that the defendant lashed out with his other hand,” said Miss Allan. “Staff had not realised he had concealed another piece of plastic in that hand.”

Mr Stephen Barker (defending) said Rhodes had lashed out in temper, not meaning to hurt anyone.

“He had the piece of plastic in his hand because he was intending to self-harm,” said Mr Barker. “He does realise the way he reacted was very wrong.”