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Dorset County Hospital consultant attacked train driver and police officer
11:30am Tuesday 23rd October 2012 in News
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.