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Judge’s jail warning after victim left crying in pain after kettle was thrown at her
A care home resident who hurled a kettle of boiling water at a nurse has been warned by a judge he will be jailed if he attacks anyone again.
Timothy Parsons left Anne Fuller crying in pain when he scalded her left arm and legs in the kitchen at The Heathers in St Paul’s Road, Manningham, Bradford.
Parsons, 47, pleaded guilty to causing her actual bodily harm on January 15.
He also admitted criminal damage to the charge desk at Trafalgar House police station.
Prosecutor Charlotte Worsley told Bradford Crown Court yesterday that Parsons, who lives at The Heathers, had problems with his temper and was in a strange mood before the attack.
He came into the kitchen with a cup of coffee and a Pot Noodle and asked Mrs Fuller and her colleague: “Why are you talking about me?”
He threw the coffee cup, smashing it, before seizing the recently-boiled kettle and throwing it, splattering Mrs Fuller with scalding water.
He was abusive to the police when they were called to the home and pulled the lead out of an electronic pad on the charge desk.
Parsons told interviewing officers: “They wouldn’t let me in the kitchen so I threw it all over her.”
Miss Worsley said that Parsons, who is on medication for epilepsy, refused to answer any more questions.
He had convictions for dishonesty, criminal damage and assaulting police officers.
Parsons’s solicitor advocate, Alistair Bateman, said his client had serious mental health problems needing one-to-one nursing care.
Judge Jonathan Rose said that over the years Parsons, who was flanked by two staff from the care home in the dock, had been given enormous support and assistance.
“What you did was frankly appalling. This was a residential nurse trying to help you. You have a bad temper. You are an argumentative man and if you don’t get your own way you are prepared to use violence,” the judge said.
He sentenced Parsons to two years imprisonment, suspended for two years, and said he must continue to live at the care home.
The judge added that the sentence in no way reflected the injuries suffered by Mrs Fuller that had probably left her scarred for life.