An Albany man has been handed a suspended imprisonment order of seven months after spitting in the eye of a nurse at Albany Health Campus in August. Kiarno Terry Williams, 24, appeared in Albany Magistrates Court on Thursday on one charge of assaulting a public officer. Police prosecutor Sgt Matt Hartfield told the court that Williams was involuntarily committed at Albany Health Campus’ psychiatric unit on August 8. Williams was accompanied by clinic staff and was the only patient in his section of the ward. When he became aggressive, staff were forced to restrain him. While restrained, he spat in the direction of a clinical nurse. The spit landed in the eye of the nurse who had to wash their eye out and undergo tests in the emergency room. The victim had no long-lasting effects as a result of the incident. Williams’ lawyer Kyah Langdon told the court he had relapsed into methamphetamine use at the time. Ms Langdon also said Williams’ behaviour improved during the 58 days he spent in the psychiatric ward. She said he was incredibly remorseful and had told her that no one deserved to be spat on when they are just doing their job. Williams had not used cannabis or methamphetamine since the incident. Sgt Hartfield labelled the spitting as “disgusting behaviour”. “Assaulting a public officer is serious, especially spitting,” he said. Magistrate Dianne Scaddan said Williams was obviously unwell but no one deserves to be spat at in their occupation. “The nurse did not go to work to be spat on — nobody does,” she said. “You’ve spat in their eye which caused anxiousness while they were waiting for tests and it’s humiliating to be spat at. “You were in a treatment environment, the people taking care of you deserve to be treated with respect.” Williams was sentenced to seven months imprisonment, suspended for 12 months.