Youth sentenced after assault on a member of staff

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A 16-year old Essex youth has been given a one year custodial sentence this week for a number of offences, including assaulting an EEAST EMT.

The defendant, who cannot be named for legal reasons, appeared at Ipswich Crown Court on 26 February in relation to a number of offences which included punching an EMT who was trying to take his blood pressure.

He was sentenced to a total one year’s detention and one year’s training for all the offences, which included six months for the assault.

The incident took place in Ipswich in January this year, when a crew were called to reports of a patient on the ground in the town centre. They arrived to find the patient lying on the ground but not unconscious and were able to move him into an ambulance to transfer to hospital. At this point the patient became verbally aggressive and the crew called police.

When the EMT approached him to take his blood pressure the patient punched him in the stomach and was subsequently arrested.

The trust has a zero tolerance policy to any form of violence or aggression towards staff.

The ongoing Don’t Choose To Abuse campaign reinforces this message and any member of staff who has been a victim of this kind of attack should talk to their line manager or contact Kay's, the new occupational health advisor, for support.

Published 5th March 2020

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