A woman has been jailed for assaulting two life-saving paramedics who attempted to treat her for injuries following a fire.
The emergency services responded to a fire in a flat in Surrey Street, Brighton, shortly after 3 pm on Christmas Eve.
After the emergency services arrived on the scene, a 40-year-old woman was rescued from the property.
As brave firefighters extinguished the flames, the woman who had just been rescued was taken to an emergency ambulance.
Two paramedics attempted to administer first aid to her, at which point she assaulted them by repeatedly punching them.
Both medics sustained minor arm injuries.
As a result of the assaults, the woman was arrested and charged with two counts of assaulting an emergency worker.
She was remanded in custody to appear before Brighton Magistrates’ Court on Boxing Day (Saturday 26 December), where she pleaded guilty to both offences.
Amy Winter, of Surrey Street, Brighton, was sentenced to six months’ imprisonment for each offence (to run concurrently).
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In 2018, the Government changed the law (Assaults on Emergency Workers (Offences) Act 2018) so that anyone found guilty of assaulting an emergency worker faced a maximum of 12 months in prison.
Talking about the incident, Superintendent Rachel Swinney, from Sussex Police, said:
“I’m pleased to see that this individual has been sentenced by the court to a term of imprisonment for assaulting two paramedics who were there trying to help her”.
“All emergency services workers put their lives on the line to protect the public 365 days a year, assaults on any emergency services worker will not be tolerated.
“The law is in place to protect them from harm and to deal with offenders appropriately, and we fully support our own police officers and our emergency service colleagues who continue to carry out brave and extraordinary work across Sussex.”
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