Woman fined $1000 for harassing paramedic
FROM PAGE 1 attempted to force her way inside. The court heard that the paramedic was in fear for their safety, and was forced to drive the ambulance to another location, away from Barlow.
Magistrate Tom Braes was highly critical of Barlow, saying that any disruption to ambulance officers during what was “no doubt a busy period” leading up to the new year was unacceptable.
Mr Braes said that over the past few years he’s observed that “the level of respect and restraint towards ambulance officers has diminished” in Queensland, with paramedics increasingly exposed to unruly and dangerous behaviour.
“Whatever your behaviour it was not out of concern for the patient.”
He added that while it wasn’t known whether the patient’s life was at risk, “(Barlow) interrupted the treatment that was being given.”
Barlow was fined $1000, and a conviction for the charge of obstructing an ambulance officer was recorded.
“It is necessary for the court … to send the message that this sort of behaviour cannot be tolerated.”
The safety of paramedics in Queensland has been in the news lately, with a French tourist recently sentenced to six months in jail for assaulting a female paramedic.