Drunk patient smacked nurse on the bottom after asking if she had a boyfriend
A drunk hospital patient smacked a nurse's bottom after insisting she dumped her boyfriend.
Andrew Pickup, 38, was admitted to Royal Liverpool Hospital in July last year following a seizure but when a nurse started treating him in a cubicle, he "began to become suggestive" and was "asking if she had a boyfriend".
Still intoxicated, Pickup slapped the nurse's behind which left her "shocked" and "upset", leading to Monday's sexual assault case at Liverpool Magistrates' Court, the Echo reports.
The court heard how Pickup asked the nurse if she had a boyfriend and when she said she did, he said: "Well I want you to tell him he isn't good enough for you."
Tom Hanlon, prosecuting said: "She stood up to leave and he smacked her across her bottom.
"She was shocked and upset. She informed a colleague and they informed the police."
The court heard that when Pickup was challenged by a security officer for his behaviour he said: "I know, I'm sorry it was disgusting, I know I shouldn't have touched her."
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Pickup, of The Shires, St Helens, has two previous convictions for non-relevant offences eight years ago, the court heard.
David Achilles, defending, said Pickup is "ashamed of his behaviour on this particular occasion".
He said: "He apologises through me to the lady in question. It was out of character."
Mr Achilles said Pickup "remembers very little if anything" not only because he was "intoxicated" but also because "he suffers seizures following a brain injury eight or nine years ago".
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He said: "He doesn't dispute the evidence and has pleaded guilty at the first opportunity. He accepted that in interview."
Mr Achilles told the court Pickup is in full-time employment and said his "partner is standing by him despite the allegation".
He said: "He is a man who is earning a living and simply wants to put this behind him."
District Judge James Clarke, sentencing, said: "This offence is serious to start with. Your solicitor is right to recognise this young lady was working in a vulnerable position.
"Members of NHS staff have a great deal to contend with at the moment. They do not need to have to additionally deal with people who are drunken and behaving in that manner."
The district judge noted Pickup has no similar convictions, shows "genuine remorse" by way of his plea and has a "very strong prospect of rehabilitation".
Pickup was handed a 12-month community order and must complete 25 Rehabilitation Activity Requirements and 200 hours of unpaid work.
He was also ordered to pay his victim £500 in compensation and pay prosecution costs of £85 as well as a £95 victim surcharge.
Pickup must also sign the Sex Offenders Register for five years.
If you or somebody you know has been affected by this story, contact Victim Support for free, confidential advice on 0845 30 30 900 or visit their website, www.victimsupport.org.uk.
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