New Year rev­eller kicked out at am­bu­lance crew

Lennox Herald - - NEWS - Court re­porter

A drunken man lashed out at paramedics who were try­ing to help him af­ter get­ting soz­zled on a visit to a ceme­tery.

An­thony John­stone kicked out with his feet as the am­bu­lance crew tried to tend to a head in­jury he suf­fered af­ter fall­ing over in Alexan­dria on New Year’s Day this year.

The land­scape gar­dener, 46, was so drunk he re­peat­edly stum­bled to the ground, Dum­bar­ton Sher­iff Court heard this week.

The fis­cal de­pute ex­plained: “At 9pm on Jan­uary 1, 2016, the ac­cused was at McAl­lis­ter Road.

“Both paramedics at­tempted to treat the cut to his head but at this point the ac­cused be­came vi­o­lent and be­gan to lash out with his hands and feet.

“He con­tin­ued to be ag­gres­sive at the hos­pi­tal.”

John­stone was ex­am­ined by a doc­tor at the Royal Alexan­dra Hos­pi­tal in Pais­ley at 1.30am who ad­mit­ted him due to his head in­jury.

He dis­charged him­self later that day.

He later pleaded guilty to act­ing in an ag­gres­sive man­ner en route to the hos­pi­tal.

De­fend­ing him, Scott Adair said: “Mr John­stone was vis­it­ing the ceme­tery and al­co­hol was taken.

“His po­si­tion was he felt fine and didn’t want to go to hos­pi­tal and ob­vi­ously he re­acted wrongly to the emer­gency staff who were sim­ply try­ing to as­sist him.

“He re­grets be­ing in­volved in that sort of be­hav­iour.”

Sen­tenc­ing him, Sher­iff Si­mon Pen­der said: “This is a se­ri­ous mat­ter. Am­bu­lance crews de­serve full pro­tec­tion from the court while they are on duty.

“You have a pre­vi­ous con­vic­tion for as­sault to per­ma­nent in­jury and dis­fig­ure­ment.

“You’re com­ing ex­tremely close to a cus­to­dial sen­tence. This is your fi­nal chance to show you can stay out of trou­ble.”

John­stone, of Liv­ing­stone Ter­race, Irvine, North Ayr­shire, was sen­tenced to a com­mu­nity pay­back or­der with 12 months su­per­vi­sion and 300 hours of un­paid work.

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