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Saturday 19 August 2017

Patient threatened to kill male nurse in emergency ward

Edgars Gabrevics was going through ‘depressive breakdown’
Edgars Gabrevics was going through ‘depressive breakdown’

A hospital patient grabbed a male nurse by the collar and threatened to kill him while being treated in an emergency department, a court heard.

Edgars Gabrevics (38) made the threat as he was having his blood pressure checked after arriving by ambulance.

Gabrevics, of Main Street, Rush, pleaded guilty to assaulting the man at Beaumont Hospital, Dublin, on October 30, 2013.

Judge Anthony Halpin adjourned the case for a pre-sentence probation report.

Dublin District Court heard the accused was taken to hospital by ambulance at 6.30am on the day in question.

He was being treated in triage and was having his blood pressure checked when he grabbed hold of the nurse's collar and said he was going to "kill the nurse and kill himself".

The nurse activated a panic alarm and security guards arr-ived and forced Gabrevics to release his grip on the nurse's collar.

Aggressive

The hearing was told that Gabrevics became aggressive, gardai were called and he was arrested.

Judge Halpin said nurses were not trained in self-defence, unlike security guards.

The defendant was from Latvia and had not come to the attention of the gardai since the incident, his solicitor Joe Coonan said.

He was going through a dep- ressive breakdown at the time. There was no malice intended, he said.

The accused had worked as a truck driver and in construction. He was not working now and was on medication for his illness.

He had dealt with the case as best he could, and Mr Coonan asked Judge Halpin to be as lenient as possible in the circumstances.

The judge adjourned the case to a date in September, saying it was an appropriate one in which to seek a probation report.

Gabrevics was remanded on continuing bail.

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