Row broke out after hospital discharge

The Bluestone Unit at Craigavon Hospital.
The Bluestone Unit at Craigavon Hospital.

A man who disagreed with a decision to discharge him from Craigavon Hospital got involved in an altercation with police.

A doctor told the 33-year-old he was fit to be discharged but he disagreed and refused to leave, Craigavon Magistrates Court heard last Friday.

Police had to be called and Slawomir Marcim Pazera, Bluestone Hall, Craigavon, became aggressive with them.

It resulted in him facing charges of disorderly behaviour in the grounds of the hospital outside the Bluestone Unit, two assaults on the same police officer and resisting another officer.

The facts of what happened were not disputed but the charges were contested on the submission that Pazera did not to understand what was happening.

On January 17 last year police were asked to attend at the Silverwood Ward of the Bluestone Unit.

Police told Pazera he could attend accident and emergency if he felt unwell.

The defendant became aggressive and swung his head backwards, striking a police officer. He was taken to the ground and placed in limb restraints but struck the officer on the leg.

Pazera was warned about his behaviour and when he calmed down said he wanted to attend A&E.

A defence barrister said he would attempt to show that his client did not have the capacity to commit the offence.

He handed in two medical notes to indicate the defendant’s state of mind at this time.

A public prosecutor said that just before the incident Pazera had been certified medically fit to be discharged and no immediate physical risk to himself or the public.

District Judge, Mr Mervyn Bates, said the greatest difficult the defendant faced was that it was quite clear that he was examined on that day and discharged by the doctor but he reacted to that with disorderly behaviour and violence towards police.

The judge convicted Pazera of all the offences but added that the circumstances would be taken into account.

The defendant’s barrister said he was an intelligent and articulate individual who had witnessed extremely distressing occurrences while serving in Iraq with Polish special forces.

He wished the events had not happened but sadly he could not turn back the clock.

Judge Bates said Pazera had waived his right to a pre-sentence report and he felt the matter should be dealt with by suspended sentences.

For each of the assaults on police he was given four-month terms with concurrent three-month terms for disorderly behaviour and resisting police. These were suspended for three years.