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Male nurse admits actual bodily harm against patient

A male psychiatric nurse has admitted causing actual bodily harm to a mental health patient in Northern Ireland.

While Patrick Maguire confessed to the offence against the male patient at his arraignment at Craigavon Crown Court, on Tuesday, August 28, he denied further charges of ill-treatment of the mental health patient at the Rosebrook Unit of Craigavon Area Hospital on October 27 last year.

Maguire, from Tollymore Brae in Newcastle, also entered not guilty pleas to further charges of wilfully neglecting the patient and attempting to pervert the course of justice by “making an entry on the Datix system and handover sheet” on the same date.

Maguire was the second of two men to be arraigned on charges arising from the alleged incident.

The first was his co-accused 66-year-old John Kelly from the Newtownhamilton Road in Armagh.

He is jointly charged with Maguire on three of the charges accusing him of causing actual bodily harm, wilfully neglecting be patient and the man’s ill-treatment when he was a patient at the mental health unit.

Kelly, standing in the dock smartly dressed in a suit, shirt and tie, entered not guilty pleas to each of the allegations.

Appearing on behalf of Kelly, defence QC Peter Irvine said the video evidence was the only contentious issue in his case while Charles McKay QC, who appeared for Maguire, told Judge Patrick Lynch QC he estimated the trial would last a week.

Freeing the men on continuing bail, Judge Lynch scheduled the trial for 26 September.

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