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#384779 - 29th Jan 2010 2:31pm woman attacked nurses with a 'flamethrower'
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Alcoholic Tranmere woman attacked nurses with a 'flamethrower'



A WOMAN patient charged at two nurses with a home-made "flame-thrower" in Wirral's Arrowe Park Hospital.

Liverpool Crown Court was told that Cara Mearns was "out of her mind" when she tried to burn the faces of staff at Arrowe Park Hospital by igniting gas from an aerosol can.


Sentencing her, Judge Robert Warnock said that her actions "were despicable".

"The circumstances are distressing," he said.

"While receiving treatment at Arrowe Park hospital you threatened two nurses in what can be properly described as a sustained and dangerous attack.

"You should know nurses and other public servants have a particular place in these courts.

"They have that particular place because they deserve protection.

They have protection because they are commendable."

Joanne Maxwell, prosecuting, told the court 39-year-old Mearns was in hospital because of alcohol addiction and she had been abusive and aggressive throughout her treatment.

In the early hours of April 11 last year nurse Emma Lucas discovered Mearns out of bed.

When she asked her to return to bed, Mearns sprayed a deodorant towards her face and ignited it with a cigarette lighter, causing Ms Lucas to run away.

"Mrs Mearns followed her and again ignited the aerosol towards the nurse's face from a closer distance, some two to three feet away.

"Emma Lucas quickly pulled back, but she could feel the heat from the gas that had ignited in the effect of a flame thrower.

"She thought she had burnt her face."

Another nurse, Patricia Griffiths, was alerted by her colleague's screams and went to investigate.

She was also "charged at" by Mearns who shouted: "You don't know what I'm going to do with you" and tried to hit her.

Mearns, of Beech Court, Tranmere, again tried to burn the nurse's face with the lighted gas.

Miss Maxwell told how both nurses were very distressed by the incident with Ms Lucas taking time off work and needing counselling.

John Weate, defending, told how alcoholic Mearns, who admitted affray, had no recollection of her attack, but was "genuinely disgusted" when she was told about her behaviour.

"She couldn't understand why she had acted in such a reprehensible way towards the nursing staff," he said.

Mr Weate told how Mearns, who has significant health problems and walks with a stick, recognised the need to protect nurses and wished to apologise to both women.

Judge Warnock agreed "with some reluctance" to suspend a 50-week prison sentence for two years with supervision.

He ordered Mearns to attend an alcohol treatment programme, but warned her "to be in no doubt" he would send her to prison if she breached his order.
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#384787 - 29th Jan 2010 3:35pm Re: woman attacked nurses with a 'flamethrower' [Re: ]
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Should of sent the bitch down.

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#384791 - 29th Jan 2010 4:02pm Re: woman attacked nurses with a 'flamethrower' [Re: ]
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People like her, who assault any NHS staff, shouldn't get ANY further NHS treatment at all!!!

I have no sympathy for alcoholics - it's not a disease, it's a choice IMO. Nobody forces them to drink!! Same goes for druggies!!
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#384799 - 29th Jan 2010 4:44pm Re: woman attacked nurses with a 'flamethrower' [Re: Wench]
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Absolutley despicable. I agree with no nhs treatment for her-pay for it herself out of sherry money.
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#384806 - 29th Jan 2010 5:10pm Re: woman attacked nurses with a 'flamethrower' [Re: Wench]
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Originally Posted By: Wench
People like her, who assault any NHS staff, shouldn't get ANY further NHS treatment at all!!!

I have no sympathy for alcoholics - it's not a disease, it's a choice IMO. Nobody forces them to drink!! Same goes for druggies!!



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#384813 - 29th Jan 2010 5:25pm Re: woman attacked nurses with a 'flamethrower' [Re: Wench]
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Originally Posted By: Wench
People like her, who assault any NHS staff, shouldn't get ANY further NHS treatment at all!!!

I have no sympathy for alcoholics - it's not a disease, it's a choice IMO. Nobody forces them to drink!! Same goes for druggies!!
clap well said withthat
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#384816 - 29th Jan 2010 5:31pm Re: woman attacked nurses with a 'flamethrower' [Re: Wench]
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Originally Posted By: Wench
People like her, who assault any NHS staff, shouldn't get ANY further NHS treatment at all!!!

I have no sympathy for alcoholics - it's not a disease, it's a choice IMO. Nobody forces them to drink!! Same goes for druggies!!


Here, here.

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#384833 - 29th Jan 2010 6:50pm Re: woman attacked nurses with a 'flamethrower' [Re: TRANCENTRAL]
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Originally Posted By: TRANCENTRAL
Originally Posted By: Wench
People like her, who assault any NHS staff, shouldn't get ANY further NHS treatment at all!!!

I have no sympathy for alcoholics - it's not a disease, it's a choice IMO. Nobody forces them to drink!! Same goes for druggies!!
clap well said withthat


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#384854 - 29th Jan 2010 9:26pm Re: woman attacked nurses with a 'flamethrower' [Re: Wheels]
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choosing to have a drink of Alcohol starts of as a choice and for many it can be just the odd drink now and again but for some it soon becomes a need. How many are there who enjoy going out and getting plastered {as the saying goes} From there there are those who find it becomes a every day event. It is then it becomes an ILLNESS. It is these people who then become mentaly disturbed. IS THE ANSWERE TO LOCK AWAY ALL ALCOHLOICS OR ATTEMPT TO TREAT THE ILLNESS. 24 hour opening has not help the this Big problem in this country
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#384862 - 29th Jan 2010 10:13pm Re: woman attacked nurses with a 'flamethrower' [Re: jimbob]
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I agree with you Jimbob. Same is happening here and I suppose many countries. The cops here are carrying out blitzes every weekend to stem the violence that comes from excessive alcohol consumption. But the pubs and clubs are still open til all hours. Any fool can see that if the pubs and clubs closed earlier the problem may diminish. Still, politicians who'd feed them.

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#384884 - 30th Jan 2010 2:35am Re: woman attacked nurses with a 'flamethrower' [Re: mindplayer]
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In stressful times I've never turned to alcohol, thankfully.
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#384904 - 30th Jan 2010 10:05am Re: woman attacked nurses with a 'flamethrower' [Re: DavidB]
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I assume her 'alcohol treatment programme' is on the NHS...
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#384920 - 30th Jan 2010 11:43am Re: woman attacked nurses with a 'flamethrower' [Re: MissGuided]
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Just think of those who don't drink, when they wake up in the morning that's the best they're going to feel all day.

NHS Staff should be totally protected and that means not delaying sentencing in the hope that inebriates are suddenly going to see the light. "If you attack public servants you are going to go down," that is the only message to send to these idiots.
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#384937 - 30th Jan 2010 12:36pm Re: woman attacked nurses with a 'flamethrower' [Re: jimbob]
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Originally Posted By: jimbob
choosing to have a drink of Alcohol starts of as a choice and for many it can be just the odd drink now and again but for some it soon becomes a need. How many are there who enjoy going out and getting plastered {as the saying goes} From there there are those who find it becomes a every day event. It is then it becomes an ILLNESS. It is these people who then become mentaly disturbed. IS THE ANSWERE TO LOCK AWAY ALL ALCOHLOICS OR ATTEMPT TO TREAT THE ILLNESS. 24 hour opening has not help the this Big problem in this country


But that's just it - nobody FORCES them to go out every day and get drunk!! They take themselves to the Pub or to the off licence to buy alcohol (or send someone else)!!! They drink the alcohol, it's not force fed into them!! CHOICE!!!

I didn't say anything about locking them up - unless they have assaulted someone, got in a car and driven etc. They should not be given NHS treatment if they have assaulted a member of NHS staff - be it a nurse, doctor, porter, receptionist or Ambulance Crew!

People bang on about the opening hours, but once again, nobody forces anyone to go to the Pub from the time it opens to the time they chuck them out.
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#384946 - 30th Jan 2010 1:43pm Re: woman attacked nurses with a 'flamethrower' [Re: Wench]
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Don't believe everything you read. She may have burped with a ciggie in her gob. Instant home-made flame thrower!

My family wouldn't talk or see each other if it wasn't for alehouses. I bucked the trend & remain dry.

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