Man high on heroin cut ambulance tyres
A GREENFORD man who slashed the tyres of an ambulance during a medical emergency while high on heroin and ‘spice’ has been spared jail.
Paul Johnson cut the ambulance tyres with a five inch kitchen knife on July 2 while paramedics treated a critically injured pedestrian following a road accident, near Greenford Roundabout on the A40. Met police officers doused the 44-year-old with a pepper spray before they could restrain him. Uxbridge Magistrates Court heard on July 26 that the defendant was high on heroin and ‘spice’ – a synthetic cannabis – when he was arrested at around 11.30pm the same day. Johnson, of Middleton Avenue, admitted criminal damage but claimed he had taken the blade to a field to commit suicide by slashing his wrists. He also admitted obstruction of a police officer and possession of a blade. The victim of the road accident remains in a serious condition, magistrates heard. The court heard that Johnson was “deeply remorseful” but he escaped with a 26-week suspended sentence.
He was also ordered to pay £115 court costs plus £100 towards the cost of the tyres. Robert Layton, representing Johnson, said Johnson had battled depression for more than two decades and had attempted suicide a number of times.
He said: “[Mr Johnson] is deeply remorseful for what happened. He has suffered from depression since being badly injured in a work accident at the age of 22, and has not been able to work since.”