Man admits Royal Bolton Hospital fire extinguisher attack
A HOSPITAL patient who hit another patient over the head with a fire extinguisher as he lay in bed recovering from an operation has appeared in court.
Antony Dyer of Crossdale Road, Breightmet, attacked 81-year-old Mohammed Aslam as he was recovering from a toe operation in the Royal Bolton Hospital.
The grandfather, a diabetic, who had been expected to be discharged from hospital later on the day of the attack on May 26, had to be transferred to the hospital’s high dependency unit.
The attack in Ward E3, a surgical ward, left Mr Aslam with a fractured skull, a broken cheekbone and swelling and bleeding on his brain.
He also broke his arm in two places when he was hit a second time and lifted his arm to defend himself.
Dyer appeared yesterday at Bolton Crown Court, charged with causing grievous bodily harm with intent.
Before yesterday’s appearance, the 53-year-old had already admitted a charge of affray, criminal damage, assault by beating and two charges of common assault against other people.
After deliberations between with the prosecution barrister, Adam Lodge, and defence barrister, Philip Parry, it was agreed to drop the “with intent part of the charge”.
Mr Lodge said a medical note had come to light from Dyer’s doctor which indicated at the time of the offence, intent would be difficult to prove.
He added: “The doctor came to the very strong view that we could not form a view of intent on that evening because Mr Dyer was under the influence of alcohol.”
Mr Parry said the letter from Dyer’s doctor had only come to light in recent days.
Dyer, who admitted grievous bodily harm, will remain in custody until he is sentenced at Bolton Crown Court on December 6.