Care home resident spared jail for assaults

Care home resident spared jail for assaults

Care home resident spared jail for assaults

First published in News

An aggressive care home resident who assaults “everybody” was today spared a jail sentence after the judge heard he could not cope with life behind bars.

Timothy Parsons repeatedly breached court orders in a spree of violence that included hurling boiling water at a nurse, punching a police officer in the stomach, biting another hard on the arm, hitting a care worker with a chair and whipping two police officers in the face with his cardigan.

Parsons, 48, who is in the care of staff at The Heathers in St Paul's Road, Manningham, Bradford, appeared at Bradford Crown Court today.

Prosecutor John Bull said he had been committed to the court by magistrates for breach of suspended sentence orders for battery and causing actual bodily harm and for breach of conditional discharges for attacking police officers sent to the home to arrest him for aggressive behaviour.

In October last year, Parsons was sentenced to two years’ imprisonment, suspended for two years, for throwing a kettle of boiling water at Anne Fuller in the kitchen at the care home

He was warned he would be jailed if he attacked anyone again.

In December, Parsons was given a three-month prison sentence, suspended for 18 months, for picking up chairs and throwing them at a care worker, hitting her on the foot.

In September 2012, Parsons barricaded himself in his room after the police were called because he was said to be fighting with other residents.

He punched one officer in the stomach and bit another on the forearm, refusing to let go until he was repeatedly punched.

On January 4 this year, Parsons whipped two officers in the face with his cardigan when they arrived to arrest him. He tried to bite one of them and stamped on his foot.

Parsons’ solicitor advocate, Kam Dhesi, said he was on disability benefit and would be very vulnerable in jail.

He suffered epileptic seizures and needed round the clock care.

Judge David Hatton QC said: “It is amazing the home hasn’t sent him packing when he seems to assault everybody.”

He told Parsons: “Prison is not the place for you, but it might become so. I do hope you can behave yourself, Mr Parsons.”

He sentenced him to a two-year conditional discharge.

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