Man convicted of assaulting paramedic

01/07/2015

A man from Lozells, who assaulted a paramedic whilst he was trying to give him medical assistance, has today (Friday 26 June) been sentenced to 12 weeks imprisonment, suspended for 12 months, at Warley Magistrates’ Court after he was found guilty at an earlier hearing to assault by beating.

The defendant was also ordered to pay £150 compensation, £350 cost and £80 victims' surcharge.

On Tuesday 10 June 2014, paramedics attended Hope Street, West Bromwich following a report of an unconscious male in the street.

When the medical team arrived at the location, they found 59-year-old Aston Hamilton lying in the street and they began to administer first-aid to him.

On treating him they discovered that he was breathing normally and not in any danger, therefore they concluded that he was choosing not to engage with the paramedics deliberately. 

In order to test his consciousness level, the victim conducted a pain stimuli test by squeezing his finger. This resulted in the defendant shouting at the paramedic and kicking out. One such kick made contact with the paramedic's shoulder this resulted in him requiring medical treatment.

The police were notified of the assault and Mr Hamilton was arrested at the scene.

Bindi Athwal, District Crown Prosecutor from West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service said:

"Medics in this area provide an invaluable service to our local community and they should be free to work without fear of being physically or verbally assaulted, especially by those individuals like Aston Hamilton whom they are trying to help. 

"Any attack on them whilst they perform their duties will not be tolerated in any circumstances and those who commit such crimes will be arrested and robustly prosecuted by the Crown Prosecution Service."