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Mentally ill patient attempts to stab man with plastic knife

A mentally ill patient, who tried to stab the duty manager at the secure Solihull unit where he lives, has received a conditional discharge

A mentally ill patient, who tried to stab the duty manager at the secure Solihull unit where he lives, has received a conditional discharge.

Police arrived at the medium secure Janet Shaw Clinic, in Marston Green, armed with tasers on October 1, after a violent outburst by the 33-year-old saw several panes of glass in the unit smashed, a court heard.

Malcolm Stoddart, prosecuting, said: “Police were called and the situation claimed down when he saw the officers with a taser.

“Because of the incident, the defendant had his belongings removed from his room and was given plastic cutlery.”

As duty manager Joseph Chawafambira passed the patient’s room later that day, he then attempted to stab him in the chest.

“When he saw the complainant walking past, he ran up to him and gave him a bear hug, and attempted to stab him in the chest with the plastic knife.”

The court heard that after the attack, the defendant was taken to the floor by a number of staff.

Phillip Haycock, defending, said his client, who appeared at court with four minders, was at the unit under a court order.

“The police came armed with tasers and that’s obviously quite a frightening occurrence for him.

“He said he can’t remember the bear hug but he doesn’t want to prebaricate the matters by pleading not guilty.

“He accepts he was very, very angry with how he had been treated.”

The patient, who has previous convictions of battery and criminal damage, admitted assault by beating and criminal damage worth £300.

He was given a 12 month conditional discharge and ordered to pay £300 in compensation and costs.

Josie Spencer, operations director at Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust: “Our paramount interest at all times is the safety and wellbeing of all the patients in our care.

“This was a frightening and potentially very dangerous incident which our staff dealt with promptly, safely and appropriately.

“We are grateful to West Midlands Police for their prompt response, and welcome the court’s decision in this matter.”

 

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