Woman jailed for "demonic" attack on hospital staff
A woman who bit and clawed a hospital security officer in a “demonic” attack has been jailed.
Patients, including children and pensioners, feared for their safety when Donna Mohammed launched the vicious attack at the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro.
A senior nurse told the police she had never seen anyone reacting in such a violent manner when asked to keep the noise down.
Mohammed, 28, had to be taken to the ground, put in leg restraints and eventually dragged out of the hospital by her ankles before things returned to normal.
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At Truro Magistrates Court today Gail Hawkley, for the Crown Prosecution Service, said Mohammed had gone to the hospital on the night of July 28 with a female friend who was in a wheelchair, and both had complained about the time taken to see to them.
Kim Emmett, a sister, called security staff when the two began shouting and screaming violent abuse at everyone.
The court heard Mohammed “flew” at one of the guards “from nowhere” and ended up fighting with two of them.
Mrs Emmett said: “Although the guards are large men and this woman quite slim, the guards had terrible trouble restraining her as she was going for them and had scratched one on the face.”
She said Mohammed had been kicking out and trying to bite whoever she could.
The court was told everything ground to a halt and staff and patients, including children, were upset and feared for their safety.
Staff nurse Charlotte Taylor told police she saw Mohammed lash out with arms and legs “in a demonic manner” at David Bowden, a security officer and former policeman.
Mr Bowden told the police the women’s language had been appalling, with more than 20 patients including children and pensioners within yards of them. He said Mohammed bit him and clawed twice at his face with her nails.
“We had to drag her out by her ankles and she continued to try and bite people and kick out”, he said.
Steven Harris, trainee assistant practitioner, said in his statement he had just returned to work after 12 weeks off following a major operation on his stomach.
The court heard Mohammed bit him and then kneed him in the stomach.
Ms Hawkley said both men had to have tetanus injections because of their injuries from Mohammed.
The court heard the defendant had a history of mental health issues and used drugs excessively.
Her solicitor Polly Morley said she was extremely ashamed and remorseful for her behaviour and could not excuse it. The court heard during her past life she had been sexually abused, assaulted, and the subject of hate campaigns and racial comment because of her mixed race.
Mohammed, of Pondhu Road, St Austell, pleaded guilty to assaulting Mr Harries and Mr Bowden and breaching a conditional discharge made in August for another assault offence.
Mohammed was sent to prison for 22 weeks and given a restraining order prohibiting her from going to Treliske Hospital except for her own emergency hospital treatment.
Speaking after the hearing, Rob Taylor, emergency consultant at Royal Cornwall Hospital, said: "We are here to help people. When we have to go and intervene in incidents, it means we are taken away from patients who need our time and care.
“Our staff do not deserve it, our patients do not deserve it."