Man jailed for punching and kicking Airedale Hospital doctor

Keighley News: Man jailed for punching and kicking Airedale Hospital doctor Man jailed for punching and kicking Airedale Hospital doctor

A man, who punched and kicked an Airedale hospital doctor who was treating him has been jailed.

Sarfraz Hussain, 21, assaulted Dr Nasir Khan as he assessed him at the Steeton hospital.

Hussain appeared from custody for sentencing at Bradford and Keighley Magistrates’ Court on Monday.

He was flanked in the secure dock by two detention officers as he was sentenced to 28 days’ imprisonment for common assault.

The court was told Hussain, of New Croft Street in West Bowling, Bradford, had gone to the hospital at 2am on August 24 last year after having suicidal thoughts.

He underwent a two-hour assessment with Dr Khan in the A&E department, but an argument developed and Hussain punched the medic three times in the face, causing him tenderness and a small scratch.

The defendant also kicked out at the doctor, making contact with his leg. He had to be detained by security staff.

His solicitor, Saj Chaudhury, said his client had issues. He had bouts of feeling unwell that were resolved when he went to see his GP.

Hussain, who had a previous conviction for assault, was already on a community order from the crown court.

District Judge Susan Bouch told Hussain: “I am satisfied this offence is so serious the court must pass a term of imprisonment.

“It is made more serious that you assaulted Dr Khan while he was undertaking his duties while at the hospital. That assault only came to an end when the security guard intervened.”

She made no order for costs or compensation.

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