Patient sentenced for knife attack on crew

A patient who dialled 999 and then threatened three ambulance staff with a knife has been sentenced to a 12-month community order.

Vincent Moloney, 54, of Pembridge Gardens, Bayswater, appeared at West London Magistrates’ Court yesterday (Thursday). He pleaded guilty to possessing a weapon and to using threatening behaviour towards a paramedic and two emergency medical technicians (EMTs).

Fulham Paramedic Neil Thomas managed to get the knife from Mr Moloney during the incident on Kensington High Street, before calling the police.

Neil said: “We pulled up at the scene and this man pulled out a Stanley knife and began waving it through the passenger window.

“We got out of the ambulance and he then revealed he was actually the patient we had arrived to treat.

“He became even more aggressive and abusive. He took his jacket off and threw it down, as if to indicate he was ready for a fight.

“By this point the knife was back in his pocket, so to avoid things escalating I reached in and took it from him.”

Mr Moloney escaped on a bus before police arrived. However, just 30 minutes later, the same crew attended to him at Notting Hill Gate. He was later arrested at hospital.

Welcoming the sentence, Neil said: “I’m glad he has been prosecuted. It’s not right that he called us for help, we turned up and then he decided to threaten us.

“In some ways you learn to put up with this sort of thing, especially the verbal abuse, and it’s tolerated as part of the job. But it shouldn’t happen.”

Neil and his crewmate EMT Ian Letts, along with fast response car EMT Sarah Frost were not hurt during the incident.

Ambulance Operations Manager Paul Smith said: “Thankfully our crew members were ok, but it could have been so much worse. It is unacceptable when our staff are targeted by the very public they are there to serve.

“We welcome this prosecution and want to send a strong message out that any sort of physical or verbal attacks on our staff will not be tolerated.”

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