Patient kicked hole in hospital wall

A SCHIZOPHRENIC man who kicked a hole in a hospital wall, has been reprimanded by a judge.Terence Horrell, 43, a patient at St Clement's Hospital in Ipswich, admitted criminal damage on August 5.

By Amanda Cresswell

A SCHIZOPHRENIC man who kicked a hole in a hospital wall, has been reprimanded by a judge.

Terence Horrell, 43, a patient at St Clement's Hospital in Ipswich, admitted criminal damage on August 5.

One of the employees working on Horrell's ward spotted him pacing up and down the corridor.


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"It would seem he was not in a good mood," said Sandra Dyer, prosecuting aty South East Suffolk Magistrates Court.

Later Horrell, who has been diagnosed with schizophrenia, kicked at a wall causing a three inch by three inch-round hole.

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The damage was estimated to cost £100 to repair.

Hugh Rowland, mitigating, said Horrell was an informal patient at St Clement's Hospital and had been in and out of hospital since the death of his mother in 1988.

His actions put him in breach of a conditional discharge imposed on July 4 for an almost identical matter.

District Judge Reed told Horrell he should not damage a hospital as it is there to help him.

The offender was fined £50 for the original criminal damage matter, and £50 for the causing a hole in the corridor. However the penalties were already served as Horrell had spent a day in custody.

He was also ordered to pay £50 compensation for the damage he caused to the hospital.

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