Patient is sectioned for attacking nurses

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a YOUNG man has been sectioned under the Mental Health Act for repeated assaults on staff at a Doncaster hospital.

Adam Bischoff punched two female nurses at the Cheswold Park Hospital when he refused to do things, a court heard.

The 26-year-old already had a previous conviction and four cautions for assaults before the latest offences were committed earlier this year.

Bischoff, a patient at Cheswold Park, pleaded guilty to an offence of assault causing actual bodily harm and two of common assault when he appeared before Doncaster Crown Court.

The judge made an order under Sections 37 and 41 of the Mental Health Act after two psychiatrists said he was mentally unwell.

The Section 41 restriction order is imposed to protect the public from serious harm.

The restrictions affect leave of absence, transfer between hospitals, and discharge, all of which require Ministry of Justice permission.

Prosecutor Laurinda Bower said the first assault occurred when a nursing assistant asked Bischoff to take a shower but he refused and continued to smoke a cigarette.

As she turned away she felt a single blow to her back and saw the defendant with a clenched fist.

Three weeks later the same nursing assistant asked him to change for breakfast and he punched her several times in the chest.

The day after he was interviewed by police, he refused to get up for a staff nurse and called her abusive names.

Miss Bower said Bischoff then pushed her over a chair and rained several punches to her head and then kicked her right thigh before other staff pulled him off. She was taken to Doncaster Royal Infirmary with concussion.

He told police: “It was to teach her a lesson not to mess with me, she’s messing with the wrong person.”

Bischoff’s solicitor Nicola Hunter said he needed to be in a hospital. “He’s not happy there but he is aware the courts cannot make any change to that.”