Para­medic: Why is thug who broke my wrist walk­ing free? Anger over sen­tence af­ter am­bu­lance at­tack

Birmingham Post - - NEWS - Stephanie Bal­loo Staff Re­porter

APATIENT who se­ri­ously in­jured two paramedics in a vi­cious at­tack, leav­ing one with a bro­ken wrist, has walked free from court.

Adam Ge­orge James launched an at­tack on West Mid­lands Am­bu­lance Ser­vice para­medic Amy Holtom and her col­league as they tried to treat him in the back of an am­bu­lance.

The pair had re­sponded to re­ports of an un­con­scious man in Birm­ing­ham city cen­tre on July 12, 2016.

Amy said that as they be­gan to carry out checks on their pa­tient, he be­came ver­bally abu­sive.

Even though James bom­barded them with foul lan­guage, they con­tin­ued to treat him.

But when Amy at­tempted to can­nu­late – in­tro­duce an IV tube – he kicked out and broke her wrist with his steel-capped boots.

In an at­tempt to keep the pair safe and pre­vent fur­ther vi­o­lence, her crew mate tried to re­strain him, and was cut and bruised in do­ing so. Po­lice ar­rived and James was later charged with caus­ing ac­tual bod­ily harm and com­mon as­sault.

James, who lives in Wi­gan, Greater Manch­ester, ap­peared at Birm­ing­ham Crown Court for sen­tenc­ing and was handed a 14-month sus­pended sen­tence.

Speak­ing af­ter the sen­tenc­ing, Amy said: “Ini­tially I was very an­gry, an­gry and frus­trated.

“Now, I’m prob­a­bly more dis­ap­pointed that again that we’ve been let down by a sys­tem that’s in place to pro­tect us – and it just doesn’t seem to be work­ing.

“Some­body who has ac­tu­ally bro­ken some­one’s wrist gets to just kind of get away with it. He gets to walk around and doesn’t have to re­ally face any con­se­quences for his ac­tions.”

She added that since the at­tack she has been ter­ri­fied of it hap­pen­ing again and al­ways takes a ‘step back’ when do­ing her job.

Amy ad­mit­ted: “I have thought about whether I want to move to some­where that might be a lit­tle bit more pro­tected, and where there are not so many risk fac­tors.”

There are ris­ing num­ber of at­tacks on paramedics, mostly by peo­ple they are try­ing to help.

More than 50 ad­dresses in the West Mid­lands are so dan­ger­ous that paramedics have to have a po­lice es­cort to visit them at all.


Am­bu­lance Ser­vice para­medic Amy Holtom, whose wrist was bro­ken

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