Dorset County Hospital consultant attacked train driver and police officer

ATTACK: Mark Alner

ATTACK: Mark Alner

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A HOSPITAL consultant attacked a train driver and a police officer during two foul-mouthed rants, a court heard.

Dr Mark Alner, who worked at Dorset County Hospital in Dorchester, punched train driver Oliver Stead after doors failed to open at Hamworthy station on July 16 this year, District Judge Roger House was told.

The incident happened just weeks after he lashed out at PC Rob Hoskins when he was stopped on suspicion of drink driving in Weymouth.

Sitting at Bournemouth magistrates’ court, Mr House heard Alner, 48, of Dorchester Road, Lytchett Minster, lost his temper when the train doors didn’t open and was advised to get off at Poole instead. After being arrested he said he could not remember the incident.

Defending, Jonathan Morrissey said Alner has been diagnosed with alcohol dependency, anxiety and depressive disorder and post traumatic stress disorder.

He said he is not currently working, has no income and has been removed from the list of doctors by the General Medical Council.

Alner has admitted assault by beating, assaulting a constable in execution of his duty and failing to provide a specimen of breath for analysis.

Mr House decided to delay sentence until March next year and said Alner has had “the most appalling, major upsets in his life.

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7:33pm Tue 23 Oct 12

Crabber says...

I have to say and I do not condone his behaviour, but this Dr saved my life 2 years ago. I have never found him anything but pleasant ,polite, & very professional.
I have to say and I do not condone his behaviour, but this Dr saved my life 2 years ago. I have never found him anything but pleasant ,polite, & very professional. Crabber
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8:55pm Wed 14 Nov 12

Loki1103 says...

I have read the other 23 comments from the earlier thread of this story and am disgusted with the attitude of most of them, especially the ones that just throw comments and judgements at a man when he is down. I do not condone the way Dr Alner acted but I would like to say that I worked with him for 7 years, he also played a big part in diagnosing a serious illness I suffered from. Throughout my working with him he was kind and professional on every level. Once again a person is diagnosed with a mental illness and an addiction and the first response of many is to kick them down, no wonder we still have such a stigma attached to these 2 very serious illnesses.
I have read the other 23 comments from the earlier thread of this story and am disgusted with the attitude of most of them, especially the ones that just throw comments and judgements at a man when he is down. I do not condone the way Dr Alner acted but I would like to say that I worked with him for 7 years, he also played a big part in diagnosing a serious illness I suffered from. Throughout my working with him he was kind and professional on every level. Once again a person is diagnosed with a mental illness and an addiction and the first response of many is to kick them down, no wonder we still have such a stigma attached to these 2 very serious illnesses. Loki1103
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