Chances are, if you are in the #EmergencyServicesFamily or if you are a supporter of the emergency services / NHS, then you would have heard about the horrific case of a Paramedic who was knocked unconscious by a patient whilst he was in Rotherham District General Hospital’s A&E.
The incident caused outrage amongst not only members of the emergency services / NHS, but amongst the vast majority of the general public too.
We covered the story and spoke to the paramedic concerned shortly after the incident.
Needless to say, we genuinely had hoped that the individual who did this to the paramedic, would actually get a custodial sentence.
At the time of the incident, we thought that anyone in their right mind would see fit to send the individual who carried out this horrendous attack to prison.
It’s what the general public expect, its what the emergency services & NHS family want and it’s what we KEEP getting told is going to happen; the whole, getting tough on those who are convicted of assaulting a member of the emergency services / NHS.
Well, something is going horribly wrong. Something is failing. And something must be done.
This morning, we learnt that the individual who carried out this attack received the following sentence:
A four month “custodial” sentence, suspended for TWO years. That basically means that the ‘sentence’ handed down, is not a sentence. Its a more of a ‘warning’ in effect.
He was also given a ‘curfew’ for 28 days. Oh, and he was told to pay the Paramedic £200 compensation. Will it be paid?
How can this 'sentence' be reflective of what happened to this #Paramedic ? It makes no sense!? @RhonddaBryant | @Peter_Kirkham | @PFEW_Chair | @MattHancock | @UniteUnion | https://t.co/tx3uab1G76
— Emergency_Services_Humour (@ES_Humour) November 1, 2018
So the curfew probably means that during these cold winter months, the convicted criminal will have to stay indoors in the evening. Which is what most people do anyway!
Oh, and he was told to go on an alcohol rehab course.
I am sure that many of the 1 million people who have visited our website (Emergency-Services.News) in the last 10 months and many of the 2 million people that our Facebook page (Emergency Services Humour) reaches each week will be utterly dumbfounded by such a ridiculously lenient sentence.
Since we have been covering stories which involve our colleagues getting assaulted whilst they are at work, we have noticed that there is a genuine desire amongst some high-level members of Government & from within the political arena in general, to come down hard on the individuals who savagely beat and assault our colleagues.
We have tweeted some key people about this particular case who fight quite hard for tougher sentences to be handed down to the individuals who are convicted of assaulting our colleagues, in the hope that this case can be re-looked at.
How can anyone expect members of the emergency services to be ‘happy’ doing their job when, in this case, if they are KNOCKED OUT for doing their job, then more-often-than-not, the individuals responsible are treated as if they have just made an error of judgement!
And yet today we hear about an individual who spat in the face of a Sheriff in Scotland was sent to jail?
What kind of utterly unfathomable message does this send to the hundreds of thousands of people who work in the emergency services and NHS?
@RobertBuckland Would this case be able to be re-looked at under the Unduly Lenient Sentencing Scheme? https://t.co/tx3uab1G76
— Emergency_Services_Humour (@ES_Humour) November 1, 2018
We should point out, that not all judges treat individuals who assault our emergency services / NHS with a such ‘softly softly’ approach as what seems to have happened in this case.
There are some Judges out there, who would have thrown the book at this poor excuse for a human being.
But there should not be a ‘hit and miss’ when it comes to punishing the sick and vile individuals who take it upon themselves to BEAT the very same people who we expect to save our lives during our darkest moments.
It is no wonder that droves of highly qualified paramedics are leaving the ambulance service.
Their workload is perhaps the highest it has ever been and yet they seem to be treated with utter contempt.
We heard via LBC Radio yesterday on the Nick Ferrari show about how the Health Secretary wanted to ‘get tough’ on the individuals who violate, beat and assault the brave men and women in the emergency services & NHS who dedicate their lives to saving the lives of others.
Is this just more ‘hot air’? Is this just more political ‘spin’ in order to give the impression that people ‘care’ when actions are speaking much, much louder than words?
We have spoken to the paramedic who was knocked unconscious by the savage and poor excuse for a human being.
We could sense just how let down he felt – let down by a system that should be there to protect the brave men and women who risk their own lives in order to save the lives of complete strangers.
We really do hope and pray, that the Solicitor General takes a look at this case and that it is referred to the Unduly Lenient Sentencing Scheme.
The vile individual who knocked out this paramedic MUST surely spend some time in prison.
We are tired of hearing about how alcohol ‘played a part’ in these type of violent attacks.
Guess what? If you are a nice person, then when you have a few drinks you tend to be nicer. If you are a horrible person, then when you have a few drinks you tend to become even more horrible.
And if having had a few drinks, you are a violent person, then you become even more violent.
Here at Emergency Services News and Emergency Services Humour, we are fuming at the ‘sentence’ that has been handed down to Kraig Hough, aged 33, of Roughwood Way, Wingfield, Rotherham – the male who hit this paramedic so hard that he lost consciousness.
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Absolutely disgraceful, our emergency services should not have to put up with being assaulted. What kind of message does this sentence send out to thugs like this man!
Thank you for all the work you do tirelessly responding to our cries for help!
Here in SA and in Cape Town in particular its been open season on Ems personnel for a few years now…. The sentences are quite harsh but… The problem is the Saps seldom catch the villains….
Very sad… ..
Disgusting sentence wtf is going on with our laws in this country? I’m a paramedic and have been on the receiving end of this shit. Get a pair and start handing down jail time!!!!!!!
I wonder what would have happened if the paramedics mate or big bugger from A&E decided to respond in like manner and beat the crap out of the individual, would their sentence have been so stupid too, or would this judge have charged them harsher because the poor chap, possibly his worthy brother was drunk and didn’t realise what he’d done.