A trial nurse accused of assaulting a pregnant woman has been sentenced to 10 years in jail for her role in a deadly assault on a woman nursing in hospital.
Key points:The victim, a 37-year-old nurse, was assaulted by a Triage Nurse on August 4, 2017Police allege the nurse grabbed her breasts and forcibly kissed herAfter the attack, the victim was taken to hospital but died on arrival.
A jury found the nurse guilty of the assault.
The Crown has now moved for a life sentence.
The nurse has appealed against her sentence.
A trial judge told the court the woman had been “in agony for the last two days”.
The nurse had told police she was “angry, upset, scared” and had been in “serious pain” after she was allegedly assaulted by the nurse on August 3.
The court heard the victim’s unborn child had been seriously injured.
Her father, a retired GP, had been charged with failing to give medical assistance to his wife.
He was later acquitted.
“This is a woman who was crying and crying and trying to get out of bed because she was very upset about the nurse,” Judge Robert Worsley told the hearing.
“Her baby was on its way to the hospital and was being given life support.”
The court was told the woman was pregnant at the time and had not given birth, although her partner had.
A second trial date was set for September 3.
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