A MAN who faked mental illness to get into a Bradford hospital and then subjected staff and a fellow patient to a series of “appalling” assaults has been jailed.

Mudasser Nadeem, 27, also spat at and exposed himself to police at Lynfield Mount Hospital on June 14.

He had pleaded guilty to six assault charges, exposure, and criminal damage ahead of a trial scheduled to take place in August.

Bradford Crown Court heard that after being arrested on June 12, Nadeem, of Victor Terrace, Bradford, was taken to Lynfield Mount the following day for his mental health to be assessed.

He became angry after staff denied him access to his mobile phone, and went on to attack four staff members and a patient on the same ward.

He “karate-chopped” victim support worker Josephine Oscar on her neck, causing her to fall to the floor.

As her colleague Theodore Mhlabi tried to intervene, Nadeem struck him to the face with the upper cut and kicked and stamped on him on the floor.

Fellow staff member Daniel Antoine was punched to the ground “in the style of a boxer”, and his colleague David Williams was hit and knocked to the floor as he tried to grab and stop Nadeem, who had also grabbed a male patient’s head and smacked it against a wall.

Staff members locked themselves in an office to try and escape Nadeem, but he kicked at the door and broke its wooden frame.

He then picked up a piece of wood and tried to smash glass in the door, saying: “This is what happens when you don’t listen to me.”

After other staff were called in as back-up, Nadeem barricaded himself in a dining room.

When police arrived, he was taken into an isolation room with officers and health professionals.

He proceeded to strip naked and run around the room, becoming verbally abusive to police and spitting at PC Christopher Cahill.

He also urinated in a bottle and sprayed it at officers, masturbated into his hands and rubbed them on glass, and smeared his own faeces on the walls.

Julian White, for Nadeem, said his client had told the probation service he had faked mental illness in order to be taken into hospital, due to feeling “uncomfortable” at home.

The court heard that medical and psychiatric reports had found no aspect of mental illness in the defendant, who had previously served an eight-year sentence for robbery and been re-called on licence three times.

Sentencing him to 21 months in jail, Judge Jonathan Durham Hall QC labelled Nadeem’s behaviour “appalling and disgraceful.”

He said: “This was very nasty violence, you set about four hospital staff with blows including karate chops and then you assaulted a patient.

“You wasted the time of doctors for your own peculiar and very selfish needs. You may have personality issues, but there is nothing really wrong with you.

“You have a very troubled past, but the trouble is very much of your own making.”