Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Nurse Hit in Head by Abusive Girl

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Nurse Hit in Head by Abusive Girl

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Byline: KATE LEMMON kate.lemmon@qt.com.au

A PATIENT at a mental health hospital attacked a nurse as the nurse tried to help her, an Ipswich court was told.

Stephanie Elizabeth Boundy, 18, was a patient at The Barrett Adolescent Centre in the grounds of The Park Centre for Mental Health at Wacol.

Ipswich Magistrates Court heard on the evening of May 3, Boundy was in her hospital room when a nurse performed a routine check on her welfare at 8.45pm.

Boundy started screaming abuse at the nurse, and threw books and other items at her.

Although she was a voluntary patient, Boundy screamed to be let out and yelled profanities at the nurse.

The court was told as the nurse tried to calm Boundy down, the accused lunged at her and launched an assault.

Boundy repeatedly punched the nurse in the head and face with a closed fist, causing the nurse to feel immediate pain and discomfort.

On May 16 police attended the unit and Boundy declined to be interviewed. …

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