A registered nurse is due to face court today accused of trying to suffocate a patient with a pillow. Picture: Steve Tyson
A registered nurse is due to face court today accused of trying to suffocate a patient with a pillow. Picture: Steve Tyson

Nurse accused of attempted suffocation

A registered nurse is in custody accused of trying to suffocate a patient with a pillow at a hospital in Sydney's southwest.

Local officers were contacted following reports the 50-year-old man "had assaulted a patient while on nightshift" at Bankstown-Lidcombe Hospital on Thursday.

"Police will allege in court that the man pushed a pillow into the face of an 80-year-old man and forcibly held him down before another a staff member intervened," police said in a statement today.

The nurse works at Bankstown-Lidcombe Hospital in Sydney. Picture: Steve Tyson
The nurse works at Bankstown-Lidcombe Hospital in Sydney. Picture: Steve Tyson

The patient was treated for a cut to his arm "and his health is continuing to be monitored".

The registered nurse was taken to Bankstown Police Station and charged with attempt to strangle/suffocate with intent to murder - carrying a maximum penalty of 25 years in jail if proven - and assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

He was refused bail and is due to face Bankstown Local Court today.

Investigators have seized a number of items for forensic examination.

 

Originally published as Nurse accused of attempted suffocation