Prince Isaac Walker a ‘needlessly vicious’ attack at an NHS hospital in east London (Picture: Rex/Met Police)
A man who knocked a nurse unconscious after launching a ‘needlessly vicious’ attack at an NHS hospital in east London has been jailed.
The 36-year-old woman needed treatment after she was targeted by Prince Isaac Walker, 32, in Homerton Hospital in the early hours of Thursday morning.
Walker was sentenced to 26 weeks in prison at Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court after he pleaded guilty to assault on an emergency worker.
It is understood the nurse is OK and is now resting at home.
Care minister Helen Whately said afterwards: ‘I was horrified to hear of this senseless attack.
‘Violence against our dedicated NHS staff is utterly abhorrent and will not be tolerated.
‘Our NHS staff are working harder than ever before and they should not have to face abuse while carrying out their lifesaving work.
‘The NHS is working closely with the CPS and the police to ensure perpetrators are brought to justice and face the full force of the law.’
Prince Isaac Walker was sentenced to 26 weeks in prison on Friday (Picture: Met Police)
Emergency medicine consultant and associate medical director at Homerton, Dr Emma Rowland, said: ‘We are glad our nurse is recovering well and appreciate the support we received from our local police.
‘Our staff are working under intense pressure and these kinds of incidents are not only saddening but also increase the strain we are all under.’
The attack came after Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) figures released on Thursday revealed assaults on emergency workers were the most common coronavirus-related crimes prosecuted in the first six months of the pandemic.
Some 1,688 such offences were charged between April 1 and September 30, following the UK’s first national lockdown, including police officers being ‘coughed and spat on’ and others being ‘kicked, bitten and hit with heavy objects’, the CPS said.
Speaking after Walker’s sentence, the Metropolitan Police’s investigating officer, PC Kyri Soupashis, said: ‘This was a needlessly vicious attack on an emergency worker simply doing her job.
‘I hope that the sentence handed down brings the victim a measure of satisfaction and that she is able to recover from what was a very frightening experience.
‘There is no justification for assaulting the people who devote their working lives to helping and protecting others, something that Walker will have time to reflect on as he serves his sentence.’
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