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Friday 30 September 2016

Man allegedly hit nurse when she told him to shave

Gerry O’Meara is charged with serious assaulting a nurse
Gerry O’Meara is charged with serious assaulting a nurse

A hospital patient is alleged to have seriously assaulted a nurse with a chair after she told him to shower and shave.

Gerry O'Meara (45) allegedly picked up a chair and threw it at the nurse, who was sitting at her desk.

He is accused of hitting the nurse in the head with the chair, leaving her requiring treatment for a five-inch cut to her head.

The alleged assault took place on June 8 last year.

Outlining the allegation for jurisdiction purposes, Sergeant Mary Doherty alleged that Mr O'Meara was a patient in the Ashe Ward of James Connolly hospital at the time of the assault.

Sgt Doherty claimed Mr O'Meara asked the nurse, who was sitting at her desk, if she had a light for a cigarette.

The sergeant said the nurse gave Mr O'Meara a light, and also told him to go and have a shave and a shower.

Sgt Doherty alleged that Mr O'Meara left the nurse's office but he then came back in, picked up a chair and threw it at her, hitting her on the head.

Glue

The sergeant handed a medical report of the alleged victim's injuries into court.

She alleged that the nurse suffered a five-inch cut to her head, and she received glue treatment to the wound.

Sgt Doherty said Mr O'Meara was in a psychiatric unit at the time of the alleged assault.

Judge McHugh said the allegation was serious but he accepted jurisdiction, owing to the location of the alleged incident.

Judge David McHugh accepted jurisdiction to deal with the case at district court level.

The judge ordered the disclosure of any statements in relation to the allegation and he adjourned the matter to a date in September.

The accused, with addresses at North Circular Road, Dublin 7 and Woodhazel estate in Ballymun, appeared before Blanchardstown District Court charged with seriously assaulting a woman.

The court heard that the DPP has directed summary disposal of the charge in the district court, where the penalties upon conviction are less severe than in the circuit court.

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