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Merseyside man jailed for spitting at nurse at Wirral hospital

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A Merseyside man was jailed for six months today for spitting and coughing at a hospital nurse.

David Newton attacked the nurse as she tried to monitor his heart rate in the emergency unit at Arrowe Park Hospital, Wirral.

The staff nurse had just come back from her break at 1.15am, on April 2, and was asked to monitor the heart rate of a man calling himself Michael Collins who was in the waiting area.

She called that name and he came into the cubicle and appeared calm but the nurse could smell alcohol on him.

However, once in the cubicle the 50-year-old then started to throw himself around the trolley, which made it difficult to connect the device to monitor his heart, and then he started to cough and spit at her.

Newton was asked to stop, but instead he kicked out and began to swear.

The Liscard man, who also said he was a drug addict, then jumped off the trolley, kicked chairs and a bin, and coughed and spat in the nurse's direction.

Police were called at around 1.15am and Newton was led away to custody.

Today, his case was fast-tracked at Wirral Magistrates Court and he was sentenced to six months in jail, and ordered to pay £300 compensation.

Newton admitted assaulting an emergency worker.

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