Woman kicks nurse in jaw, returns with chocolates, flowers

A WOMAN who assaulted and abused staff in the Hervey Bay Hospital's accident and emergency department has returned with flowers and chocolates.

Debbie Lee Duggan pleaded guilty in the Hervey Bay Magistrates Court on Thursday to committing a public nuisance, assault occasioning bodily harm and contravene a police direction.

Police prosecutor Senior Constable Jeanette Grigoris said on August 1, the 47-year-old attended the hospital affected by liquor, Valium and morphine tablets.

Snr Const Grigoris said Duggan swore at staff and when staff attempted to sedate her she kicked a nurse in the jaw.

Duggan's lawyer Daniel Ould told the court his client suffered from several medical and mental illnesses.

Mr Ould said the combination of prescription medication and alcohol caused Duggan's behaviour.

He said she couldn't remember the incident but later attended the hospital with flowers and chocolates to apologise to staff.

The court heard Duggan had a previous history of violence dating back to 2005.

Magistrate Stephen Guttridge sentenced Duggan to three months jail, wholly suspended and fined her $400.

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