Prestatyn climber found guilty of assaulting nurse


Staff reporter (Rhyl Journal)

A CLIMBER who recently returned from Kathmandu has been grounded after being found guilty of assaulting a staff nurse over six years ago.

Magistrates in Prestatyn heard that Michael Faherty, aged 61, had also been travelling around Europe in recent years and when he returned to North Wales he was arrested.

A warrant had been issued for his arrest after he was found guilty in his absence of assaulting Glenn Gregson-Holmes at Glan Clwyd Hospital in November, 2006, and of a public order offence.

Prosecutor Diane Williams told the court that Faherty was taken to hospital by ambulance but while in a wheelchair became aggressive towards the staff nurse after his request to see a doctor was refused.

He punched Mr Gregson-Holmes and shouted at police officers who were called to the hospital.

He accused the nurse of being homosexual and of making unwelcome advances to him.

Richard Williams, defending, said that Faherty, of Beach Road East, Prestatyn, had been taken to hospital suffering from “a sensitive, intimate condition” and so he wanted a doctor to examine him.

He returned to Wales in January after injuring his leg while climbing Kathmandu and was arrested when police, having gone to see him about an unrelated matter, realised that there was an outstanding warrant.

Chairman Duncan Stewart said the Bench took very seriously an assault on a public servant.

“We cannot accept that kind of behaviour,” he said.

Faherty was made subject of a 10pm – 6am curfew for six months for the assault and fined £165 for the public order offence.

He was also ordered to pay Mr Gregson-Holmes £50 in compensation in addition to court costs of £250 and a surcharge of £60. 

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