Ambulance trashing thug avoids prison term
A man who attacked paramedics and trashed their ambulance has been handed a seven-month suspended jail sentence.
Belfast Magistrates Court heard Keith Edward Brown caused over £5,000 worth of damage to highly sensitive medical equipment.
The 43-year-old also seized a fire extinguisher and used it to shatter the windscreen of a car parked nearby in Greenisland, Co Antrim.
Brown, of Ashleigh Crescent in Lurgan, admitted three charges of common assault and a further two counts of criminal damage.
He turned violent after visiting a female friend in April last year.
Prosecutors said he assaulted two male crew members who found him sitting in the middle of the road outside her house.
Brown entered the ambulance and started throwing equipment about, before reappearing with part of a defibrillator, the court heard.
One of the paramedics was hit on the shoulder by something thrown from the vehicle.
District Judge Fiona Bagnall was shown photographs of the "disarray" and told the damage caused was in excess of £5,000.
The cost of repairing the car windscreen was put at £800.
Brown also assaulted the woman he had gone to meet before being found hiding in nearby hedges.
His lawyer accepted it had been "an inexplicable and highly unpleasant incident".
Judge Bagnall imposed a seven-month jail sentence, suspended for two years.
Ordering him to pay a total of £950 in compensation for attacking the ambulance and car, she added: "It is to recognise where damage of this nature is caused there has to be a consequence."