Man who hit Airedale Hospital doctor jailed

Craven Herald: The defendant was sentenced at Bradford and Keighley Magistrates' Court The defendant was sentenced at Bradford and Keighley Magistrates' Court

A man who punched and kicked a hospital doctor who was treating him has been jailed.

Sarfraz Hussain, 21, assaulted Dr Nasir Khan as he assessed him at Airedale General Hospital, Steeton, a court was told.

Hussain appeared from custody for sentencing at Bradford and Keighley Magistrates' Court.

He was flanked in the secure dock by two detention officers as he was sentenced to 28 days’ imprisonment for common assault.

The court was told that Hussain, of New Croft Street, West Bowling, Bradford, had gone to the hospital at 2am on Saturday, August 24 last year after having suicidal thoughts.

He underwent a two-hour assessment with Dr Khan in the A&E department, but an argument developed and Hussain punched the medic three times in the face, causing him tenderness and a small scratch.

The defendant also kicked out at the doctor and had to be detained by security staff.

His solicitor, Saj Chaudhury, said his client had bouts of feeling unwell which were resolved when he went to see his GP.

Hussain, who had a previous conviction for assault, was already on a community order from the crown court, the court heard..

District Judge Susan Bouch told Hussain: “I am satisfied that this offence is so serious the court must pass a term of imprisonment. It is made more serious that you assaulted Dr Khan while he was undertaking his duties at the hospital. That assault only came to an end when the security guard intervened.”

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