Woman fined $1000 for ha­rass­ing para­medic

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

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.

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