Dad 'truly sorry' for punching nurse at Grimsby hospital
A FATHER from Immingham has apologised to a nurse after punching her in the stomach while high on drink and drugs.
Adrian Caley, 49, downed vodka and Valium after suffering "family difficulties" and was taken to Grimsby's Diana, Princess Of Wales Hospital for treatment.
Grimsby Magistrates' Court heard how Caley became aggressive with staff nurse Hayley Roberts – who was trying to help him – and thumped her in the stomach.
He admitted one count of assault by beating.
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Sue Barker, prosecuting, said an ambulance headed to Caley's address in Worsley Road, Immingham, on April 27 after he downed almost a litre of vodka and up to 10 Valium tablets.
Caley was "aggressive and abusive" towards paramedics and police were called to transport him to hospital instead.
Ms Barker added: "Five minutes after he was admitted to hospital, staff nurse Roberts noticed the defendant trying to stand up.
"He was unsteady on his feet because of what he had consumed so she placed a chair behind him and asked him to sit down but he began flailing his arms around and being aggressive.
"He did eventually sit down but she was worried he was going to fall off the chair so she stood in front of him.
"He then clenched his fists, screwed his face up, began grunting and thumped her in the stomach."
Security guards were called to restrain Caley until police arrived.
When interviewed by officers, he claimed he couldn't remember the incident.
Rebecca Perrin, mitigating, said: "He is extremely remorseful, ashamed and embarrassed by his actions.
"He doesn't recall how he acted and has no recollection of the incident but he accepts that the nurse is telling the truth and that she does a very commendable job."
Miss Perrin added that unemployed Caley is undergoing counselling for family difficulties.
He was ordered to pay £85 costs, £100 compensation and to complete 150 hours unpaid work as part of a 12-month community order.
Speaking after the sentence, Caley said: "I would like to apologise to the nurse for my actions.
"I don't normally drink but had a lot going on with my family and I am truly sorry for what I did."