Gwynedd nurse Alan Roberts guilty of pensioner assault

Ysbyty Gwynedd Alan Roberts, from Bethesda, was working at Ysbyty Gwynedd when the assault took place

A nurse from Gwynedd has been convicted of assaulting an 88-year-old woman in hospital, after she interrupted a phone call.

Alan Roberts was working as a night nurse at Ysbyty Gwynedd in Bangor when the incident happened last July.

A staff nurse at the hospital told Caernarfon magistrates that she was shocked by Roberts' behaviour.

Roberts, from Bethesda, was ordered to carry out 140 hours of unpaid work. He has been suspended from his job.

The patient, who lived at a residential home, had been admitted to hospital because she had fluid on the lung.

She was described in court as being in an "extremely confused and agitated state".

The nurse had denied claims that he had grabbed the elderly woman by her nightshirt, dragged her away from a desk and pushed her onto a chair, after she disturbed a phone conversation with a doctor.

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Throughout my nursing career I have dealt with patients like this all the time. I'm a controlled, generous and courteous person”

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He said that the woman was frail but feisty, had tried to slap him, and kicked him on the shin.

He told prosecutor Nia Lloyd that he had been speaking to a GP when he was interrupted on three occasions.

The nurse, who has spent 23 year in the profession, agreed that he had warned the woman that he would call police if she did not stop.

"I told her to stop shouting and shut up."

But he insisted: "I didn't snap. I placed her quietly on the chair.

'Credible witness'

"I didn't lose my temper, I remained in control. Throughout my nursing career I have dealt with patients like this all the time. I'm a controlled, generous and courteous person."

But a staff nurse at the hospital, Sian Lloyd Jones, told magistrates that she had been shocked by the behaviour.

The magistrates said they found her evidence was a "credible and consistent account of what happened".

In addition to the 140 hours of unpaid work, Roberts must also pay £1,000 legal costs.

His defence solicitor Craig Hutchinson said Roberts had already been suspended from his job, and intended to appeal against the conviction.

"These proceedings have had a devastating effect on his personal life," added the solicitor.

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