Patient sentenced for assaulting ambulance worker

A drunk patient who assaulted an ambulance worker has been sentenced to 12 weeks in a young offenders institute.

Michael Barrett, of Beaumont Road, Wandsworth, appeared at West London Magistrates’ Court on 19 January. He pleaded guilty to one charge of common assault and was sentenced to 12 weeks in Feltham Young Offenders Institute.

Emergency Medical Technician Gill Hurford and her crewmate were called to Fulham Road, Fulham, on 12 January to treat Mr Barrett, 19, who they found intoxicated with a head injury.

While Gill was treating Mr Barrett he became verbally abusive and, without provocation, he punched her to the side of the head. Police arrived on scene to arrest him, and accompanied an ambulance crew who transported him to Charing Cross Hospital.

Gill said: “It was a very frightening experience and at the end of the day I was just trying to do my job. I’m pleased about the sentence and I hope this acts as a deterrent to people who think this kind of behaviour is acceptable.”

Fulham Ambulance Operations Manager Paul Smith added: “We welcome this successful prosecution and want to send out a strong message that any sort of physical or verbal attacks on our staff will not be tolerated.

“It is totally unacceptable when ambulance staff are targeted by the public they are there to serve.”

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