Ipswich: Drunk ordered to compensate nurse for race abuse tirade

IPSWICH: A drunk patient who urinated on the floor of a toilet cubicle and then ranted at a nurse who asked him to clean it up has been forced to pay her compensation.

Daniel Jordan was so drunk when he arrived at Ipswich Hospital, in Heath Road, that a nurse had to escort him to the toilet. Despite being warned, he urinated over the floor and then became abusive when the nurse told him to clean up the mess.

The 25-year-old, of Wilberforce Street, Ipswich, appeared at South East Suffolk Magistrates’ Court last week and admitted causing racially aggravated alarm or distress.

Describing the March 19 incident, prosecutor Lesla Small said: “At 1am on that Saturday morning, Mr Jordan attended the A&E at Ipswich Hospital.

“He was heavily intoxicated, hence the reason for attendance.”

She explained that Jordan was being assessed by the duty nurse when he demanded to use the toilet.

“He was assisted to the cubicle by the nurse. Once inside, he decided to urinate on the floor,” she said.

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“He was told to use the toilet bowl.”

Jordan was abusive, telling the nurse he did not care what she said.

Another nurse heard the commotion and came to her colleague’s aid, but Jordan turned on them, claiming he was not going to clear up the urine. He called the nurse, who was of Asian descent, abusive names and police were called. Officers described Jordan as being “clearly intoxicated”.

Jordan’s solicitor described the incident as being “fuelled by alcohol” and explained his client regretted what he had done.

Ordering Jordan to pay �200 in compensation to the nurse, chairman of the bench Bunty Hunt said: “We find it a rather horrifying offence.”

Jordan, who is unemployed and in receipt of benefits, will also have to pay �50 towards court costs.

Ian Cheal, the head of security at Ipswich Hospital, said: “We hope this sentencing sends out a powerful preventative message to others.

“We continue to work closely with the police, who vigorously support our zero-tolerance approach to violence and aggression to staff and we are pleased with the strong sentencing from the judicial system.”

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