Patient is jailed after assault at Chesterfield Royal Hospital

Richard Musgrove, 35, of Manor Drive, Chesterfield, who has been jailed for eight weeks for assault.
Richard Musgrove, 35, of Manor Drive, Chesterfield, who has been jailed for eight weeks for assault.

A hospital patient who attacked a security officer while he was being treated has been jailed for eight weeks.

Chesterfield magistrates’ court heard on Wednesday, November 11, how Richard Musgrove, 35, of Manor Drive, Chesterfield, was in the accident and emergency department at Chesterfield Royal Hospital where he was abusive to staff before punching a security officer.

Prosecuting solicitor Angela Hadfield said: “Police were called by A&E staff because they were dealing with an aggressive patient.

“Police arrived and Musgrove was being restrained by three security officers while he was being abusive.

“Another security officer was in A&E dealing with another matter and he heard someone say that Musgrove was going to kick someone so he went to see what was happening.

“The defendant abused the security officer and struck him to the left side of his head and a staff nurse said it had been a punch with his right hand.”

Musgrove was restrained by hospital staff, according to Mrs Hadfield, and was kept overnight at the hospital and was bailed to attend a police station at a later date.

Musgrove who has previous convictions for assault pleaded guilty to assault after the incident on October 15.

Defence solicitor Annette Thomas said Musgrove had been in hospital because he had been a victim of an assault and had money taken from him in Holmehall and he was taken to hospital by ambulance but could not recall what had happened.

Miss Thomas explained he suffers with anxiety and an alcohol problem.

She added: “He could not recall how he got to hospital and had no recollection of the assault on the security officer but he later apologised to the staff and to the guard.”

Magistrates sentenced Musgrove to eight weeks of custody and he must pay £80 compensation and £150 costs.