"the nurse immediately asked him to leave but he refused."
Aqib Nawaz, aged 24, of St Marks Road, Blackburn, has admitted to attacking his own uncle while intoxicated. The drunk nephew violently assaulted his uncle as he lay in a hospital bed.
Magistrates at a Blackburn court heard that Nawaz repeatedly punched his uncle who was at the Royal Blackburn Hospital being treated in the acute medical unit.
A nurse had been removing a drip from the patient when Nawaz entered the room and the assault happened.
She had tried to persuade Nawaz to stop with the attack, however, he ignored her efforts.
This prompted her to leave the room and call for assistance.
The prosecutor Catherine Allan explained that there had been a number of issues between Nawaz and his uncle Mohammed Ijaz in the past.
These issues resulted in Nawaz being convicted for criminal damage in July 2019.
The conviction also led to a restraining order being issued against him.
However, the issues between the nephew and uncle escalated at the Royal Blackburn Hospital.
On Friday, September 20, 2019, Mr Ijaz had been in the acute medical unit having a drip removed from his arm when Nawaz walked in. He had been drunk during the incident.
Miss Allan said: “He was drunk and the nurse immediately asked him to leave but he refused.
“He then punched the aggrieved to the side of the head and face as he covered up.”
“He then punched him in the stomach.”
Miss Allan went on to say that the nurse tried to press the emergency button but she was unable to reach it.
The nurse was eventually able to open the door and shout for help.
Zabair Afzal, defending, gave a background of what led to the drunk nephew carrying out the attack on his uncle. However, it was not accepted by the prosecution.
He went on to say that his client assaulted his uncle because he could not contain his anger.
Mr Afzal said on behalf of Nawaz: “He is thoroughly ashamed of his behaviour and through me apologises.”
Aqib Nawaz pleaded guilty to assaulting Mohammed Ijaz as well as breaching a restraining order.
The Lancashire Telegraph reported that he was released on bail until October 2, 2019.
There have been a number of incidents involving family members which have resulted in violence or threats being made.
Hitesh Patel tried to grab a knife and threatened to kill his sister following an argument between the two.
The woman had said she believed Patel’s mental health was declining which caused him to fly into a rage. He threatened to kill her and attempted to grab a knife but his brother prevented him from doing so.
At Kirklees Magistrates’ Court, Patel pleaded guilty to common assault. He was fined £120. Patel was also ordered to pay £85 in court costs and a £30 victim surcharge.