A man has been sentenced to 23 months in prison after he was found guilty of assaulting an emergency worker.
On 11th May, North West Ambulance Service was called to treat Conor McHale, 20, after he fell.
When an emergency ambulance crew arrived at the location, they noted that McHale appeared to be under the influence of drink/drugs and he quickly became aggressive towards the emergency ambulance crew.
Emergency Medical Technician 1 (EMT1), Dave Wharmby attempted to calm Mr McHale down asking him to have a seat so that he could conduct checks.
Without warning, McHale suddenly lunged out at the crew, causing EMT1 Wharmby to injure to fracture his wrist.
McHale then spat at EMT1 Wharmby’s colleague, Paramedic Gary Parker, who was wearing a protective face visor.
Having been alerted to the incident by NWAS’s control room staff, police units quickly arrived on the scene and took McHale into custody.
McHale also bit one of the responding police officers.
The vicious, unprovoked and violent attack left EMT1 Wharmby with a dislocated thumb and a fractured wrist in two places meaning that he had to take over four weeks off work as is unable to fulfil frontline duties for up to 12 weeks while recovering.
NWAS Operations Manager, Oliver Mayor, said:
“This is absolutely unacceptable, and we would like to send a clear message that this will not be tolerated.
“Emergency services staff come to work to help those who need us the most, and they should be free to do so without fear of assault.”
A spokesperson for NWAS added:
“Affecting work, family life and hobbies, attacks like this can have a serious effect on the mental wellbeing of our staff.
“We offer a range of support, but this absolutely should not be happening”.
McHale pleaded guilty to one charge of assault and two offences of assaulting emergency workers at Minshull Street Crown Court.
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