Ambo bashed at party

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - SAM SMALLBONE

A MOSS­MAN para­medic suf­fered a sus­pected bro­ken rib af­ter he was se­ri­ously as­saulted at an out-of-con­trol party last Satur­day.

Two paramedics were called to the Moss­man Sharks club­house at 12.30am last Satur­day to as­sist a 20-year-old woman who had been knocked un­con­scious dur­ing a dis­tur­bance with an­other woman at a pri­vate func­tion.

The vic­tim fell from the trol­ley while the paramedics were trans­port­ing her to the am­bu­lance, prompt­ing a 19-year-old man to al­legedly punch the para­medic in the back of the head and push him to the ground.

Union state coun­cil­lor for am­bu­lance em­ploy­ees Craig Craw­ford de­scribed the al­leged as­sault as “a very low act”.

“Paramedics are not look­ing for a fight when they at­tend these types of scenes,” he said.

“It is a hard job do­ing what they do and we don’t need peo­ple adding vi­o­lence to the sit­u­a­tion which can be given ver­bally or phys­i­cally.

“Our staff are trained to deal with vi­o­lence up to a cer­tain stage, how­ever we are not trained to per­form self-de­fence.

“We are med­i­cal peo­ple, we are here to help - we are the good guys.

“As­saults on paramedics are in­creas­ing across the state and it is dis­ap­point­ing to see these cases in­crease in smaller com­mu­ni­ties such as Moss­man.

“In small sta­tions such as Moss­man where there is a small team, an in­ci­dent like this doesn’t help give them con­fi­dence to do the job at a 100 per cent level.”

Moss­man po­lice Of­fi­cer-in-Charge Sergeant Ed Lukin said two of­fi­cers were called to the club­house af­ter a loud dis­tur­bance was heard from the Moss­man Hos­pi­tal.

“Two po­lice of­fi­cers ar­rived to as­sist the in­jured am­bu­lance para­medic and the un­con­scious woman how­ever a num­ber of dis­tur­bances broke out up­stairs,” he said.

“The po­lice of­fi­cers called for ur­gent as­sis­tance to hold back the crowd and a num­ber of peo­ple were in­jured.”

The al­leged of­fender has been charged with se­ri­ous as­sault.

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