Man jailed for four years for attack on Baillie's nurses

A 27-YEAR-OLD man has been jailed for four years for his part in a violent group attack on staff at Toowoomba's Baillie Henderson Hospital.

Joshua Wiremu Poharama was sentenced in Toowoomba District Court today for the attack, which involved six other male patients of the hospital on January 19 last year.

He pleaded guilty last month to a charge of grievous bodily harm, two counts of assault occasioning bodily harm in company, six counts of assault and a wilful damage offence.

The charges arose from the incident in which three nurses were attacked and assaulted in the Ridley Unit at the hospital.

Poharama was accused of assaulting one nurse who had to undergo surgery for facial and head injuries during which he had plates inserted into his skull.

Judge Deborah Richards sentenced Poharama to four years in jail for the grievous bodily harm offence with the lesser terms for the remaining offences to be served concurrently.

Judge Richards declared 278 days spent in pre-sentence custody as time already served and set a parole eligibility date of September 7.


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