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Mental health nurse was left scarred by patient
12:11pm Thursday 24th October 2013 in News
A mental health nurse has been left with permanent scarring to her left arm after a paranoid schizophrenic threw hot water from a kettle over her at a hospital unit in Steeton.
The incident happened in March 2011 at the Willows Hospital after in-patient Lynda Mason went “missing” from her unit and was later found in a locked kitchen.
Bradford Crown Court heard on Thursday that when Mason eventually opened the kitchen door she threw the contents of the kettle at nurse Patricia Rowbotham, scalding her arm. She was given anti-biotics but the scald became infected and she eventually had to have a skin graft.
Eight months after that incident Mason was interviewed by police at the hospital – now known as The Priory – but just a few hours after that meeting she again threw hot water at another member of staff.
Fortunately on that occasion the victim, Mildred Bennette, suffered only reddening and soreness to her arm. Due to her mental illness 49-year-old Mason was deemed unfit to plead to charges of inflicting grievous bodily harm on Miss Rowbotham and assault occasioning actual bodily harm against Mrs Bennette.
A jury heard evidence about the two incidents and determined that Mason had committed the acts alleged against her.
After reading a report on Mason’s mental state and hearing from a doctor Judge John Potter said it was appropriate to make a hospital order without limit of time which means that she will continue to be detained at the Priory Hospital.