Paranoid patient barricaded himself into hospital room


Staff reporter (Chester First)

A HOSPITAL patient barricaded himself in a room and threw furniture around before assaulting a police officer, a court heard.

John James Hayden, 32, had voluntarily admitted himself to the Bowmere Hospital, Countess of Chester Health Park, Chester, prior to his outburst on the afternoon of April 9.

Hayden had left the Liverpool Road hospital earlier that day and had been drinking alcohol when he received a phone call from the hospital asking him to return.

He was drunk when he returned at 4.30pm and on hearing an alarm, stormed into a hospital meeting room and barricaded himself in before throwing a TV unit and a chair, said Wendy Newton, prosecuting, at West Cheshire Magistrates court in Chester.

Police were called and managed to calm Hayden down but he again became agitated and kicked a police officer in the chest before he was restrained and arrested.

Hayden, of Manchester Road, Northwich, admitted criminal damage and assaulting a police officer. He apologised for his actions.

Lyndsay Knaggs, defending said on the day of the incident, Hayden had received a telephone call from his partner and he had become angry and began drinking.

Hayden was also confused after receiving a call from the hospital requesting his return because of his voluntary admission.

Miss Knaggs said: “Hayden had been suffering from a large degree of paranoia and upon attending at the hospital heard alarms and he believed in his mind, whether right or wrongly, that he was going to be given an injection. That may be largely due to his paranoia. Clearly there are some issues in respect of his mental health. These offences are out of character for him.”

Miss Knaggs added that Hayden had previously had issues with alcohol.

Magistrates sentenced Hayden to 12 weeks in prison, which they suspended for 12 months. They also imposed a 12 month community order with supervision and ordered him to pay £300 in compensation to the Bowmere Hospital for the damaged furniture.

Hayden was also told to pay £85 costs and an £80 victim surcharge and was told to complete an alcohol activity programme.

See full story in the Chester Leader

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