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Nurse tells court how angry AM grabbed her arm; CASUALTY STAFF SAY LIB-DEM POLITICIAN SWORE AT THEM.

Byline: DANIEL DAVIES

A NURSE yesterday told a court of her shock at being grabbed on the arm by a Welsh Assembly member.

The court heard Mick Bates was aggressive and swore at accident and emergency staff when he was brought in by ambulance with a head wound on a night out.

Bates, the Liberal Democrat AM for Montgomeryshire, denies three counts of common assault "by beating" and public order breaches.

The trial at Cardiff Magistrates' Court has heard how police found Bates semi-conscious and bleeding from a head wound on the stairs of the Charlestons bar and restaurant in the city centre.

Staff nurse Claire Morris said Bates, 62, was drunk and left red marks on her arm when he grabbed her while she saw to him at the University Hospital of Wales in the early hours of January 20.

Asked how she felt, she said: "Just a bit shocked really that he had grabbed me, because I'm used to dealing with verbally aggressive patients, but to be grabbed and not let go was a bit of a shock to the system."

Under cross-examination, she was asked by Bates' lawyer Stuart Hutton whether his client grabbed her because he did not want to be examined.

"Possibly, I don't know," she said.

Healthcare support worker Adam Warren said Bates took the scissors out of the left breast pocket of his uniform while he helped him use a cardboard urinal.

He said Bates seemed intoxicated and unco-operative and would not sit still on a trolley.

Bates said he had a meeting in the morning and "I'm not f***ing staying here", Mr Warren said.

Describing how he helped Bates go to the toilet, he said: "The next thing I really remember is him taking my scissors out of my pocket. They were just in my face then.

"He has got my scissors in his hand, in my face. All I did, I told him and looked at him and said 'Do you realise that's threatening behaviour?' "I just quickly managed to get the scissors off him. All the while I was trying to keep hold of him."

He said Bates held the scissors by the handle about six inches from his face before he retrieved them and put them back in his pocket.

"It happened very quickly and I was quite shocked, but my only concern at the time was not letting go of him," he said.

Wayne Parsons, the senior nurse in charge of the unit, said he thought Bates was drunk because he smelled of alcohol and his suit was bedraggled. He said his manner was aggressive and loud.

Another member of staff tried to clean his head, but Mr Parsons said he declined treatment and "just was not having any of it. He just wanted to go."

He told Bates he would not tolerate his behaviour and language but was told to "f*** off".

"I said to him professionally not to speak like that to myself or the staff. It became a constant reply."

He said he was aware from speaking to a doctor on duty that Mr Bates did not have a significant head injury.

Paramedic Carl Jones said Bates hit him in the chest in the ambulance.

The trial was adjourned until November 4.

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