‘Rampage’ offender admits injuring nurse

A man being held in the Hillmorton Forensic Unit after sentencing on charges relating to a violent rampage in Christchurch in 2012, has admitted pouring a hot cup of coffee onto a nurse’s head.

Zakariye Mohammed Hussein, 33, pleaded guilty to a charge of intentionally injuring the nurse, in the Christchurch District Court.

The police prosecutor in court said Hussein’s victim was a registered nurse in the forensic unit, and Hussein was a sentenced prisoner under their care.

Hussein entered the dining room, and got a cup of black coffee, then walked to the victim and poured it over his head. The victim received superficial burns to his right cheek, ear, and chest.

Hussein told police he did it because the staff assaulted him when they gave him his medication by injection, he said.

Defence counsel Michael Sandom asked Judge Mark Callaghan for an updated pre-sentence report and a psychiatric report for the sentencing.

Judge Callaghan remanded Hussein in custody for sentencing on December 12.

Hussein was in the unit because of a violent, armed rampage across Christchurch in March 2012, where he was shot twice by police to end it.

At that time he was sentenced for charges of unlawful possession of a knife in Redwood Primary School and Hoon Hay Road, kidnapping a council worker and a woman, wounding the council worker with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, and injuring the woman with intent to cause grievous bodily harm. Another charge of attempted murder of the council worker he kidnapped was withdrawn by police.

Hussein was jailed for six years six months for that rampage, and it is understood he would have been due for release on September 16.


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