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Ambulance service welcomes assault throat-grab sentence

A man who grabbed an ambulance worker by the throat while he was being treated has been given a 20-day community order and ordered to pay £50 compensation.

Daud Omer, aged 28, was convicted of common assault at Thames Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday (31 October).

Emergency Medical Technician Paul La Roche was called to the defendant’s address on Abbot Road, E14, in the early hours of Sunday 3 June to reports of patient who had fallen.

Paul, who’s based at Homerton ambulance station, said: “When we turned up it was obvious that the patient had been drinking. My colleague and I were walking the patient down the stairs to the ambulance when he started acting up.

“All of a sudden he grabbed me by the throat and tried to push me backwards down the stairs. I managed to knock his hand away, but then he grabbed my colleague’s hand and bent her thumb back.”

The police were called and arrested Mr Omer. Paul and his colleagues gave statements before finishing their shift.

Hackney Ambulance Operations Manager Nick Yard said: “This case demonstrates that assaults on staff will not be tolerated and we will pursue prosecution where we can. Our staff should be able to treat patients in their community without fear of being attacked.”

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