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Carleton Clinic patient jailed after assaulting staff

Carlisle Magistrates Court

A patient from the Carleton Clinic in Carlisle has appeared at Carlisle Magistrates Court where she previously pleaded guilty to 12-charges of assault by beating.

The court was told how Sharon McAllister, 36, assaulted 11-members of the hospital staff on various dates between June 9 and August 11.

District Judge Gerald Chalk was told that on various occasions she was an aggressive patient, she does sometimes just “lash” out at staff, she gets angry and punches staff and she does spit at people, she once grabbed a member of staff by the neck, after one problem a number of staff were taking her to the “seclusion unit” when she kicked a staff members hip, she also stamped on someone’s foot, the victim of that incident needed to be taken to hospital for an x-ray.

The court heard how McAllister can become angry towards staff, when they are attempting to help her.

Her lawyer Chris Toms said his client would not be in the hospital if she did not have mental problems, outside this environment at this time she could not cope on her own and she clearly needs mental health assistance.

A pre-sentence report was prepared for this hearing.

The judge said before passing sentence, these were a series of assaults on people doing their job [a public service].

She was committed to prison for 70-days for each offence, to run concurrently, on her release she has to pay a victims surcharge of £115.

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