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Patient jailed after threatening and abusive behaviour

An abusive patient who assaulted a member of staff in August has been jailed.

Thirty two-year-old Sebastian Pilat, of no fixed abode, needed help after he fell in Waterloo. Motorcycle Paramedic Andy Stratton and a colleague arrived on scene within minutes of the incident but were abused and threatened with assault.

Andy said: “The patient was very abusive and aggressive. He was trying to throw punches and spat at us.

“Ambulance staff are there to help people and we shouldn’t have to face verbal abuse, and certainly not physical violence, when we’re only trying to do our job.”

Pilat pleaded guilty to a public order offence at Camberwell Green Magistrates’ court and has been sentenced to six weeks in prison.

Waterloo Duty Station Officer Stuart McKay added: “Our staff should be able to treat patients and go about their work without somebody trying to assault them.

“It is completely unacceptable, and it is happening far too regularly.”  

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