Jail for the thug who battered hospital patients with fire extinguisher - and praise for the hero pensioner who tackled him

The Bolton News: Anthony Dyer Anthony Dyer

A HEROIC pensioner wrestled a thug to a hospital ward floor after he launched a frenzied attack on fellow patients with a fire extinguisher.

John McAleer, now aged 80, had undergone a hernia operation only two days before he tackled Anthony Dyer as he went on the rampage in a surgical ward at the Royal Bolton Hospital.

Now Dyer, aged 53, of Crossdale Road, Bolton, has been jailed for 32 months after he left 81-year-old Mohammed Aslam with a broken arm and attacked two other people on May 26.

Mr McAleer, from Halliwell, said he was returning from the toilets when Dyer turned the fire extinguisher on him.

He said he had to defend himself, otherwise Dyer would have inflicted injuries on him similar to those suffered by Mr Aslam.

Dyer, who pleaded guilty to grievous bodily harm, assault and affray, was pinned to the floor by Mr McAleer after a struggle and held there for about five minutes until security arrived to help.

Mr McAleer said: “I just heard a crash when I was walking out of the toilet.

“Then I walked back into the ward and was hit straight away by the fire extinguisher, fortunately only on the knuckle.

“I had to defend myself, otherwise he would have attacked me, like he did to the 81-year-old chap whose arm was broken.

“I thought to myself, 'I’m not letting this man get the better of me'.

“I was shook-up afterwards, of course, because I had not even spoken to the guy while he was there and he really seemed like he wanted to attack me.

“He is not a very good person and I don’t think the judge went far enough really.

“If I had been the judge he would have got more.”

Dyer also smashed up hospital equipment during the rampage.

Det Con Tammy Woodhouse, who led the police investigation, said: “John is the man who detained this guy and I’ve no doubt he would have gone into other wards and bays and attacked other patients.

“John showed no regard for his own safety and managed to pin him down for a good five minutes until security arrived.

“Whenever I have met him he has always played his intervention down but it was absolutely vital.

“He showed tremendous courage and put his safety aside to tackle this person.

“He had no idea how long security would be but acted regardless of that.”

Det Con Woodhouse added that she asked her chief superintendant to write to him following his heroic intervention, and there was a possibility that he might receive a police award.

Last night, the Royal Bolton Hospital refused to comment on the sentencing.

All of the victims, and the defendant, were patients in the hospital at the time of the attack.

Members of the public raised concerns on social media outlets that nursing staff had been cowardly and not done enough to challenge Dyer.

But the hospital said staff working on E3 — the ward where the attacks took place — were left shocked by the incident.

Hospital chiefs insisted that staff on the “high-performing” ward took their responsibilities “very seriously”.

It is understood that an internal investigation into the matter is still being conducted by the hospital.

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9:56am Sat 7 Dec 13

Citizen Cane says...

ban Dyer from any future NHS treatment: simple. And why no reporting on Dyer's background - something to hide?
ban Dyer from any future NHS treatment: simple. And why no reporting on Dyer's background - something to hide? Citizen Cane

11:03am Sat 7 Dec 13

Undetectableman says...

32 months in custody another derisory sentence especially as I think you will find that Dyer has been held in custody since the incident (which BN fails to give) from memory about the end of May , this means that he has already served 6 months take off another 10 months for "good behaviour" so he is out and about again in another 16 months!!!
32 months in custody another derisory sentence especially as I think you will find that Dyer has been held in custody since the incident (which BN fails to give) from memory about the end of May , this means that he has already served 6 months take off another 10 months for "good behaviour" so he is out and about again in another 16 months!!! Undetectableman

12:03pm Sat 7 Dec 13

boydell says...

Mr McAleer should be given an OBE for his bravery, he deserves one. Its a pity there are not more brave people like him about to take on thugs. I agree with Undetectableman that this thug didn't get a longer prison sentence. I hope the prisoners who are in prison for silly crimes like not paying their rates get a chance to meet up with him.
Mr McAleer should be given an OBE for his bravery, he deserves one. Its a pity there are not more brave people like him about to take on thugs. I agree with Undetectableman that this thug didn't get a longer prison sentence. I hope the prisoners who are in prison for silly crimes like not paying their rates get a chance to meet up with him. boydell

12:08pm Sat 7 Dec 13

127001 says...

Undetectableman wrote:
32 months in custody another derisory sentence especially as I think you will find that Dyer has been held in custody since the incident (which BN fails to give) from memory about the end of May , this means that he has already served 6 months take off another 10 months for "good behaviour" so he is out and about again in another 16 months!!!
it is a disgrace - they'll never learn unless something like this was to happen to them (and I don't wish this type of incident on anyone) - then they may start to understand why people are so aggrieved at the 'soft' sentences that are dished out.
[quote][p][bold]Undetectableman[/bold] wrote: 32 months in custody another derisory sentence especially as I think you will find that Dyer has been held in custody since the incident (which BN fails to give) from memory about the end of May , this means that he has already served 6 months take off another 10 months for "good behaviour" so he is out and about again in another 16 months!!![/p][/quote]it is a disgrace - they'll never learn unless something like this was to happen to them (and I don't wish this type of incident on anyone) - then they may start to understand why people are so aggrieved at the 'soft' sentences that are dished out. 127001

7:22pm Sat 7 Dec 13

getajob123 says...

Dyer is a total loser, always will be and prob always has been

people like him are typically thick, attention seeking morons who seem to think the world owes them something

it doesnt

i hope he gets beaten up every day hes in prison and i hope he ends up someones boyfriend/washroom punk
Dyer is a total loser, always will be and prob always has been people like him are typically thick, attention seeking morons who seem to think the world owes them something it doesnt i hope he gets beaten up every day hes in prison and i hope he ends up someones boyfriend/washroom punk getajob123

9:22pm Sat 7 Dec 13

talksenseorBquiet says...

This should be a national story so the whole country can salute this remarkable man. One can only imagine the thoughts going through John Mcleer"s mind for an astonishing five minutes as he single-handedly controlled a lunatic intent of causing mayhem and who knows even murder. As im not alone in thinking where were the medical staff when this nutter began his rampage?? I hope they werent running away from this deranged crackpot. Also am i correct in thinking that the judge in this case could have awarded some financial reward out of the public purse?? because lets be honest a paltry letter of thanks from some top plod seems an insult to someone who prevented goodness knows untold carnage in those five minutes until security arrived
This should be a national story so the whole country can salute this remarkable man. One can only imagine the thoughts going through John Mcleer"s mind for an astonishing five minutes as he single-handedly controlled a lunatic intent of causing mayhem and who knows even murder. As im not alone in thinking where were the medical staff when this nutter began his rampage?? I hope they werent running away from this deranged crackpot. Also am i correct in thinking that the judge in this case could have awarded some financial reward out of the public purse?? because lets be honest a paltry letter of thanks from some top plod seems an insult to someone who prevented goodness knows untold carnage in those five minutes until security arrived talksenseorBquiet

11:28pm Sat 7 Dec 13

Forks89 says...

Winds me up. They fail to report. To members of staff was also trying to calm him down. Two hid because one nurse was heavily pregnant having a panic attack so the other stayed with her to calm her down can you imagin if shed gone into labour! Need to publish properly!!!
Winds me up. They fail to report. To members of staff was also trying to calm him down. Two hid because one nurse was heavily pregnant having a panic attack so the other stayed with her to calm her down can you imagin if shed gone into labour! Need to publish properly!!! Forks89

9:53am Sun 8 Dec 13

talksenseorBquiet says...

Forks89 wrote:
Winds me up. They fail to report. To members of staff was also trying to calm him down. Two hid because one nurse was heavily pregnant having a panic attack so the other stayed with her to calm her down can you imagin if shed gone into labour! Need to publish properly!!!
thank you for giving more insight to this story, Im rapidly losing all respect for some of the BEN reporters for not informing readers of highly relevant points.The failure TO PROVIDE all the facts can deceive readers into assuming incorrect conclusions . As you point out that medical staff were also trying to defuse this situation doesnt detract Mr Mcleer heroics but it does provide assurance that the staff also tried to subdue this lunatic..If any of the medical staff have read this story im certain they would be deeply offended by the way this story has been reported.
[quote][p][bold]Forks89[/bold] wrote: Winds me up. They fail to report. To members of staff was also trying to calm him down. Two hid because one nurse was heavily pregnant having a panic attack so the other stayed with her to calm her down can you imagin if shed gone into labour! Need to publish properly!!![/p][/quote]thank you for giving more insight to this story, Im rapidly losing all respect for some of the BEN reporters for not informing readers of highly relevant points.The failure TO PROVIDE all the facts can deceive readers into assuming incorrect conclusions . As you point out that medical staff were also trying to defuse this situation doesnt detract Mr Mcleer heroics but it does provide assurance that the staff also tried to subdue this lunatic..If any of the medical staff have read this story im certain they would be deeply offended by the way this story has been reported. talksenseorBquiet

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