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Ruabon man punched dementia sufferer

Published date: 25 March 2014 |
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A MAN punched a dementia sufferer several times in the face before pushing a member of staff at a mental health unit.

Benjamin Robert Higgins, 28, of New Hall Road, Ruabon, admitted assaulting Jeoffrey Everett at New Hall Independent Hospital by punching him after the victim had used offensive language against him.

He then assaulted staff nurse Jeanette Radebe by pushing her, causing her to stumble backwards.

Higgins pleaded guilty to both offences and was given a combined £150 fine for both offences when he appeared at Wrexham Magistrates Court.

Justin Espie, prosecuting, told the court that on February 5 Higgins was being called “offensive names” by Mr Everett at the secure mental health unit in Ruabon, where they were both staying.

Higgins punched Mr Everett several times in the face and although Mr Everett could not remember the incident due to his illness, members of staff confirmed what had happened to the police.

In the aftermath of the assault, Higgins became confrontational towards a female member of staff and pushed her, causing her to stumble backwards.

Neither victim suffered serious injuries as a result of the assaults.

Brian Cross, defending, said Mr Everett was a “much larger, older man” than Higgins and he regularly called him offensive names.

He said his client was upset about what had happened in the first incident and attributed this to the reason for him committing the second assault.

He added Higgins was still living at New Hall and was getting on well with members of staff.

District judge Gwyn Jones said: “Although there may have been some provocation you should not have reacted the way you did.

“You have managed to stay out of trouble for several years and I have taken that into account.”

In addition to the fine, Higgins must pay £85 costs and a £20 victim surcharge.

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