March 9 2014 Latest news:
Lizzie Dearden, Senior reporter
Thursday, February 6, 2014
An Ilford man who punched a paramedic in the face as he tried to treat him has been ordered to carry out community service.
Wasim Ahmed, of Hampton Road, was sentenced to 12 months on probation, 120 hours of community work and ordered to pay £500 compensation at Thames Magistrates’ Court on January 22.
The London Ambulance Service said paramedic Richard Frewin and emergency medical technician Jon Laycock were both punched while they were treating Ahmed after he was assaulted in Romford Road.
Mr Laycock said: “The patient was initially ok with us but on the way to hospital, he jumped off the trolley bed and punched Richard in the face a few times.
“I pulled over and when I went to help Richard, the patient attacked me.”
The pair called for urgent police assistance and Ahmed was arrested, eventually arriving in hospital in a police van on January 9.
Mr Frewin was off work for three weeks with a black eye and other facial injuries and Mr Laycock suffered a swollen and bruised shoulder.
“You take it for granted that we shouldn’t be subjected to assaults but unfortunately it happens,” Mr Laycock added.
Newham ambulance operations manager Carmel Prior said assaults on staff will not be tolerated.
He added: “Our staff should be able to treat patients in their community without fear of being attacked.”
The assaulted paramedics will receive £250 each in compensation.