An accounts clerk who viciously attacked two midwives in a maternity ward with a ”kung-fu” kick has been jailed for eight months.
Khalid Khalifa, 24, left Carol Loveridge with suspected kidney damage after kicking her and punched Dawn Gillespie ten times in the face.
He attacked the women at Coventry University Hospital after they asked him to stop allowing relatives onto the ward without permission.
Khalifa was visiting his sister who had given birth on the unit with 10 family members at 7.30pm on March 19.
Mrs Loveridge, 61, and Mrs Gillespie, 43, believed they were buzzing relatives through security doors without permission and when they asked them to stop three of the men grew hostile.
Khalifa began shouting and swearing at the nurses before he kicked a door and had to be restrained.
When Mrs Loveridge went to call security he broke free, chasing her before attacking her from behind, flying at her with a ”kung-fu” style kick.
He then grabbed Mrs Gillespie in a headlock and repeatedly hit her ”in a swinging motion” while his family looked on.
Khalifa was jailed for a total of eight months – four months for each attack to run consecutively – after admitting assault occasioning actual bodily harm (ABH) yesterday at Coventry Crown Court.
Sentencing him, Judge Ebrahim Mooncey told him: ”Your actions that day have changed the lives of two women.
”There are two victims still suffering the effects of what you did to them.
”You have to bare in mind incidents like this happen far too frequently so a deterrent sentence has to be passed.
”People performing public duties are regularly subjected to aggression by patients who are no doubt like you.
”You got hold of Dawn Gillespie and punched her repeatedly to the face.
”You caused pain to her head and swelling and redness to her right eye.
”Carol Loveridge felt immediate pain from the kick and was told she had blood in her urine.”
Describing the attack, Lisa Hardy, prosecuting, said: ”Whilst she [Mrs Loveridge] had her back to him, the defendant kicked her in the back in what is described as a Kung-Fu style kick.
”It contacted with her back, in the area of her kidneys and caused her to cry out in shock.
”Almost immediately as that assault took place the defendant turned his attention to Dawn Gillespie, whom he grabbed in a headlock and punched repeatedly in the face.
”She described being hit over ten times in quick succession.”
Judge Mooncey said both woman needed to take time off work and received counselling after the attack.
Reading from a victim impact statement, he said Mrs Gillespie ”felt shocked and gets very upset”.
He added: ”She finds herself avoiding large groups of people as she gets a feeling of panic.”
He said Mrs Loveridge felt ”shocked and extremely humiliated by the attack.”
Jennifer Josephs, defending, said Khalifa, from Foleshill in Coventry, was not a ”violent person”.
She said: ”He is not a martial artist and is not a violent person at all. He is at a loss, as are his family who are flabbergasted at what happened.”
Speaking after the sentence, Detective Chief Inspector Dave Reilly, of West Midlands Police, said: ”This was a totally unwarranted attack on two midwives who were trying to protect mothers, mothers-to-be and babies in their care.
”To react in such an aggressive manner to a simple request to quieten down and wait in a corridor is unacceptable.”
Jill Foster, Acting Chief Nursing Officer, said: ”Violence against our staff cannot be tolerated and we hope this sends a clear message out to others members of the public that we will protect our staff and pursue offenders.”