Patient was trying to harm himself – police

Police allege a Hillmorton Hospital patient was trying to harm himself when he stabbed a woman nurse on Sunday afternoon.

The 42-year-old patient at Christchurch’s Hillmorton Hospital has been remanded in custody on the charge of injuring with intent to injure.

The police have laid an unusual charge of “transferred malice”, because it alleges the patient was trying to injure himself when he injured the woman nurse.

The Press has reported that she was stabbed in the leg with surgical scissors.

The man entered no plea to the charge when he appeared before Judge Tom Gilbert in the Christchurch District Court.

The judge was given a report from the psychiatric nurse who works at the courts, who had seen the man ahead of his appearance.

At the request of duty lawyer Cindy Lee, the judge granted an interim order for name suppression, and remanded him to December 17 in custody to Hillmorton Hospital for a psychiatric report to be prepared during the remand.