Community order for abusive patient

A man who verbally abused and tried to attack a St Helier medic has been sentenced to a six-month community order.

Christopher Tormey, 27, of Gaisford Street, Kentish Town, had been drinking when he began shouting abuse and throwing punches at Emergency Medical Technician Stephen Say. 

Stephen, who has worked for the ambulance service for 20 years, said: “We had treated the man for a minor head wound and decided to take him home. I asked the police to follow the ambulance as something didn’t seem right. The patient was obviously intoxicated and was already swearing a lot.

“When we arrived at the address, we stopped and got the patient out of our vehicle. I thought he looked like he was about to walk out into a busy main road so I put my arm out to stop him. That’s when he just went for me. He was throwing punches, shouting and threatening to stab me.

“Luckily the police were there and they were on him in a shot. It could have been a lot worse.

“Abuse is a common occurrence. Some people see the uniform and think it’s okay to be aggressive towards us. I’ve been in this job a long time so I know how to handle these situations but that doesn’t make it right.”

Ambulance Operations Manager Bill Arkell said: “This case demonstrates that abuse towards our staff will not be tolerated. Ambulance workers like Stephen should be able to treat patients in their community without fear of being attacked.

“On average more than one member of staff was physically assaulted every day in the capital last year.  This is wholly unacceptable, and is all too often becoming a regular part of the job.” 

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