Man escapes criminal conviction after tackling nurse at Nepean Hospital


A man who tackled a Nepean Hospital nurse while tripping on drugs has escaped a criminal conviction.

Andrew Karl Kramer, 28, fronted Penrith Local Court last Thursday charged with common assault.

The court heard the train guard was at the emergency department after suffering an “adverse reaction” to LSD and had no recollection of forcing the carer to the ground.

Although the police prosecutor conceded the offence “seemed to be an aberration”, he argued the defendant should still be held accountable.

“She had to struggle to break free from him,” he said.

“There is a community expectation that nurses in this field of work are kept safe from incidences like these.”

Magistrate George Zdenkowski took into consideration Mr Kramer’s unblemished record and deep remorse, saying he was satisfied “this sort of behaviour was not likely to reoccur”.

He was handed a two-year good behaviour bond with a condition the he seek psychiatric treatment for depression.