Rampton: Man attacked over table tennis game at hospital

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A patient at Rampton Hospital attacked a man for not playing a game of table tennis fairly, Worksop Magistrates’ Court heard last week.

Jonathan Jemson hit the man several times with a table tennis bat and threw him against the wall.

The 22-year-old, who suffers from a personality disorder, admitted assault occasioning in actual bodily harm on 7th February this year.

Prosecutor Ruth Snowdin said the men were playing a game of table tennis in the common room.

She said ‘words were exchanged’ between the pair over game play and the victim when to sit at a nearby table.

“The defendant approached him and began to hit him over the head with a table tennis bat,” said Ms Snowdin.

“The man stood up and the defendant grabbed him and threw him against the wall.”

“He fell on the floor where the defendant continued to hit him with a table tennis bat.”

The man, who was new to the hospital, suffered a cut to his head which needed to be glued.

When Jemson was interview by police over the attack he told them he ‘lost his temper’ when the man did not play table tennis correctly.

In mitigation, the court heard that Jemson had been in the care system since he was 11-year-old.

He has been in Rampton Hospital since 2009, during which he has never been involved in any incidents.

Mangistrates were told that during the table tennis game the man kept hitting the ball straight at Jemson.

They also heard that since the attack Jemson has apologised and the two men have shook hands.

Magistrates’ fined Jemson, who appeared in court via a video link from the hospital, £130.

They also ordered him to pay £100 compensation to his victim, £85 court costs and a £20 victim surcharge.