A WOMAN patient kicked a pregnant staff nurse in her stomach after being told to lower her voice as she had been talking loudly on the phone.
On Friday, Audrey Neoh Sok Hoon, 34, unemployed, was jailed for four weeks after admitting to causing hurt to the 25-year-old staff nurse at Alexandra Hospital in February this year.
Deputy Public Prosecutor Elaine Liew said Neoh was admitted to Tan Tock Seng Hospital the day before the incident after suffering from fits.
She then requested to be transferred to Alexandra Hospital which had her medical records and she was later admitted there.
At about 11.20am on Feb 17, the victim was attending to one of the patients in the same ward where Neoh was resting.
When Neoh was talking loudly on her phone from her bed, the victim walked over to her.
The victim proceeded to close the curtain before turning around to ask Neoh to lower her voice. Angered by the request, Neoh kicked the victim in the stomach.
She also abused the victim but this charge was considered during her sentencing.
The nurse, who was then two months pregnant, experienced abdominal discomfort but there was no bruising.
Neoh asked that the sentence be deferred and requested to be bailed out, but the court rejected this.
In mitigation, she said her father had a stroke and her mother had a heart problem and that there was no one to take care of them.
"Please forgive me for what I have done. I will not do it again," she said.
District Judge Ronald Gwee backdated her sentence to Nov 28 when she was remanded.
Neoh could have been jailed for up to two years and/or fined up to $5,000.
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