Retford: Woman discharged after Rampton assault

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A Rampton Hospital patient who admitted assaulting two staff members has been given a conditional discharge.

Cara Stewart, 22, pleaded guilty to one count of assault and a second charge of causing actual bodily harm at Worksop Magistrates’ Court.

Prosecuting, Ruth Snowdin told the court how on 15th December, Stewart was unsettled and refusing to be searched.

The court heard how staff were concerned about Stewart’s safety due to recent events.

Stewart then lunged at one staff member, who had her head jolted by the blow and was forced to take time off work to recover.

The second complainant tried to restrain her, but Stewart bit her left hand. The victim said her hand was left ‘literally mangled,’ and suffered severe swelling.

In mitigation, Davina Poli said Stewart deeply regretted the incident.

She added: “The defendant was on anti-psychosis medication, had asked for it and the response was ‘no’ - I understand from the patient they had run out.”

She also said that the events took place in December, but statements were not made until April.

Magistrates said: “Because of the failure of the hospital to provide the drugs, and the delay in bringing this matter to court, we are not imposing a custodial sentence.”

Stewart was also ordered to pay £300 compensation and a £15 victim surcharge.