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Man to Face Court for Lyell McEwin Nurse Attack

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The man accused of stabbing a nurse in the neck at the Lyell McEwin Hospital is due to face court today.

The homeless 28-year-old was arrested in Murray Bridge on June 26, two days after the 37-year-old was attacked with a sharp object while she was on a  break outside the hospital.

The man, whose identity has been suppressed, was charged with one count each of aggravated counts of attempting to intentionally causing serious harm and intentionally causing harm.

On June 26 the alleged offender was expected in court but officers asked Magistrate Paul Bennett to excuse him, even via videolink, as he had no legal representation and had allegedly threatened to fight anyone who tried to remove him from his cell.

Nurses have been the victims of a few recent attacks; on Monday 12 August, a Port Lincoln Hospital worker was assaulted while taking care of patients, just two weeks after the stabbing of a nurse at Flinders Medical centre.

The State Opposition has called on the Marshall Government to do more to support nursing staff who are often in vulnerable situations.

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