King’s Lynn man given suspended jail term for assaulting paramedic

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A paramedic was assaulted by a man who didn’t like the patient he was treating, magistrates have heard.

Mark Martin, 53, of Anderson Close, North Lynn, was given a suspended jail sentence for the attack when he appeared before the West Norfolk bench on Tuesday.

He pleaded guilty to the offence, plus a breach of a conditional discharge, at an earlier hearing.

The court was told that the assault victim, Ian McConnachie, was caring for a patient when the incident happened on December 6 last year.

Giles Beaumont, prosecuting, said Martin approached Mr McConnachie, abusively asked why he was treating the man and threatened to “sort him out.”

When the medic said that would not happen, Martin grabbed him by the shirt. Mr McConnachie then pushed him back, causing him to fall into a hedge where he was restrained until police arrived.

In an extract of a statement read to the court, Mr McConnachie said: “I should not expect to be assaulted while I am helping others.”

Jackie Upton, mitigating, said her client could not really remember what had happened but was remorseful for what he had done.

The court was told that Martin takes several prescribed medications for conditions including anxiety and panic attacks, which she said had been triggered by an assault in which he suffered serious head injuries six years ago.

He also suffers from diabetes and sleep apnoea, a condition where breathing can be interrupted during sleep and for which he has to wear special apparatus.

Mrs Upton added that the man being treated by the paramedics had previously threatened to cut Martin’s electricity supply, which would stop his sleep equipment from working.

Martin was sentenced to 10 weeks’ imprisonment, suspended for 12 months for the assault, plus a further three weeks, to run consecutively, for the breach of the conditional discharge.

He was also given a further nine week sentence, also suspended for 12 months and to run consecutively to the assault, for a separate public order offence.

The bench also ordered him to pay £50 compensation to Mr McConnachie, plus an £80 victim surcharge.