A man who urinated from a balcony on to a London Ambulance Service paramedic has been given community service.
Andrew Whitehead, 22, from Shoreditch, relieved himself from the fourth floor balcony of an address on Shoreditch High Street onto Paramedic Lorna McIlwaine, the patient she was treating and a police officer at around 1am on Saturday 31 January.
Lorna said: “I’d been called to treat a man who had suffered an unprovoked attack in a shop. He had a black eye and his nose had been broken and he was feeling very shaken.
“I was walking him to my response car with a police officer when, without any warning, I felt a splash. I didn’t know what it was at first but it became very clear it was a bodily fluid.
“I looked up and there was a man standing there, exposing himself to the whole street, laughing.”
Police arrested Mr Whitehead and he was charged on the same night.
Lorna, 30, added: “I’ve been physically assaulted once before in my career and threatened as well, but what made this different was it felt so personal, and while all I was doing was helping a patient who was already shaken after being attacked.
“What makes it even more frustrating is that I needed to return to my station to change my uniform and fill in my report, which prevented me from responding to patients.”
Mr Whitehead was fined £745 and sentenced to 150 hours’ community service at Thames Magistrate Court on Friday 20 February.
Deputy Director of Operations Katy Millard said: “To treat our ambulance crews in such a demeaning and humiliating way is completely unacceptable. Our paramedics are only trying to care for patients in their time of need.
“Medics are already under a great deal of pressure. It is completely unacceptable that they should also face the risk of this treatment or worse when they go to assist members of the public.”
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