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    Apr 19, 2016

    Nurse jailed for attacking IMH patient

    A MYANMAR nurse was sentenced to a year's jail yesterday for attacking a patient viciously at the Institute of Mental Health (IMH) last year.

    Aung Phyo Thu, 26, admitted to causing grievous hurt to Kong Ah Hoe, 56, a long-term patient who suffers from schizophrenia.

    Thu's attack included punching him on the back and head, kicking him on the leg, hitting his head area and punching his chest area, causing two rib fractures, on Feb 17 last year.

    Mr Kong, who was restrained to the bed, had multiple medical conditions and communication difficulties, the court heard. He needs help to move around.

    Investigations showed that Thu, who had been on night duty, woke up to a commotion caused by Mr Kong who was trying to get out of his bed at about 5.55am.

    Thu punched Mr Kong on his back. He then used a blanket to cover the patient's face before throwing several punches at his head area.

    Thu then kicked Mr Kong's leg, pinned him down and hit his head three times. Not satisfied, he then pinned the victim down again and punched his left rib area about 10 times.

    Deputy Public Prosecutor Ma Hanfeng said Mr Kong did not fight back.

    When a ward supervisor who found injuries on Mr Kong asked Thu to put up a report to explain the injuries, he falsely stated that the victim's injuries were self-inflicted.

    DPP Ma sought at least 12 months' jail, citing aggravating factors.

    He said Thu had abused the position of trust and responsibility as a staff nurse by relentlessly and viciously assaulting his patient.

    District Judge Luke Tan agreed with the prosecution that deterrence must take centre-stage.