Spared jail for assault on ambulance worker

High Peak Magistrates Court, Buxton.
High Peak Magistrates Court, Buxton.
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A drunk man who assaulted an ambulance worker who went to help him has been given a suspended prison sentence.

Emergency services were called to Glossop on September 23 after Zhang Un Wu was found lying in the road outside the Norfolk Arms pub, High Peak Magistrates’ Court heard. He was initially treated by an emergency responder before an ambulance was called.

When emergency medical technician Amanda Mattison and her colleague Nicola Pugh arrived in the ambulance, Wu was sat in the back of the rapid response vehicle, prosecutor John Cooper said.

He then started walking towards the ambulance but fell on to his knees before eventually making it into the vehicle, where he was sat in the rear and a seatbelt was put on him. He was talking to someone on his mobile phone and at one point said “they’re going to kill me”, the court heard.

Routine tests were carried out and as Ms Mattison turned away to do some paperwork, Wu got up out of his seat and then punched her in the chest with a clenched fist. Ms Mattison pushed him away and Wu fell backwards onto the floor.

Ms Mattison then noticed that she had blood on her left arm and the glass on her fob watch was smashed and had cut her.

Police arrived and Wu was arrested.

Ms Mattison suffered bruising to her chest and grazes to her arm as a result of the assault and was unable to work for a number of hours afterwards, meaning both her and the ambulance were out of action, Mr Cooper added.

In interview, Wu apologised for his actions and said he had drank ten pints of lager, which was a lot for him.

He said he had been out in Glossop town centre but got thrown out of a pub and had become delusionary, thinking someone was after him.

Wu, 34, of Kelverlow Street, Oldham, admitted assault by beating.

Kirsten Collings, defending, said: “Drinking to that level is not common for this defendant. He drank ten pints of lager and he himself had been assaulted.

“The author of the pre-sentence report makes quite a significant comment that his lack of comprehension of English is no doubt linked to his behaviour.

“It is an explanation not a defence but he was heavily intoxicated, confused and because of his lack of understanding of what was being said he was unaware the victim was trying to help him.”

Wu was jailed for 12 weeks, suspended for 12 months.

He must complete 150 hours’ unpaid work and pay £200 compensation to Miss Mattison.