Man high on heroin cut am­bu­lance tyres

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

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.”

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