Psychiatric patient found guilty of assaulting two nurses

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Given time served, faces deportation

A psychiatric patient charged with committing offensive acts at a St. John’s hospital has been found guilty of assaulting two nurses.

Elijah George, a Nigerian who lives in St. John’s, is pictured in a Telegram file photo from court.

Elijah George was found not guilty of voyeurism. He had been accused of peeking at a woman in a bathroom stall at the hospital.

The verdict was handed down this afternoon by Judge David Orr at provincial court in the case of Elijah George.

The 21-year-old — who is originally from Nigeria and has lived in St. John’s for more than a year — was convicted of assaulting one nurse and sexually assaulting another on the psychiatric ward of the Health Sciences Centre in the capital city.

The offences were said to have happened in May of last year.

George had denied the incidents happened.

But the judge said he found the nurses credible witnesses and believed them when they told what happened to them.

George was acquitted of the voyeurism because Orr said one key element was missing — the fact he didn’t try to hide what he did or do anything undercover, suggesting he was charged under the wrong section of the law.

Orr sentenced George to three months in jail and one year probation.

But George has already served eight months in jail and so was given time served. He is now facing deportation.

 rgillingham@thetelegram.com

Twitter: TelyCourt

Organizations: Health Sciences Centre

Geographic location: Nigeria

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