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Prisoner choked female guard with handcuffs chain after they were left alone in hospital waiting room

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A prisoner choked a terrified female guard with a handcuffs chain after they were left alone in a hospital waiting room.The GEOAmey worker suffered bruising and swelling to her neck and throat during the struggle with Darren McLellan.McLellan, 40, was jailed for 16 months at Hamilton Sheriff Court for the "nasty" attack.He admitted assaulting the woman at Hairmyres Hospital in East Kilbride on November 13 last year.The Lanarkshire Live app is available to download now.

Get all the news from your area – as well as features, entertainment, sport and the latest on Lanarkshire’s recovery from the coronavirus pandemic – straight to your fingertips, 24/7.The free download features the latest breaking news and exclusive stories, and allows you to customise your page to the sections that matter most to you.Head to the App Store and never miss a beat in Lanarkshire - iOS - Android Gemma Trosh, prosecuting, said McLellan had been taken to accident and emergency after a "medical episode" during an appearance at the same court.She said: "They were in a side room and the accused demanded the female custody officer take off his handcuffs."She refused and he pushed her against a wall, put the chain against her neck and restricted her breathing."There was a struggle and the woman shouted for help.

The accused punched her multiple times on the body before the officer's colleague, who had been outside phoning a supervisor, entered the room."The female officer had redness and swelling to her face and was, understandably, upset."Defence lawyer Stephen MacBride said McLellan suffers from various serious medical conditions and had taken a seizure at court.The solicitor added: "He has little recollection of this incident.

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