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OAP must pay paramedic he punched £500 or go to prison

By Paul Higgins

A pensioner who punched a paramedic in the face while drunk will have to empty his savings account to stay out of jail, a court heard yesterday.

Freeing 68-year-old Gerard Oliver Bloomer on bail at Newtownards Magistrates Court, District Judge Mark Hamill ordered a pre-sentence report to be completed by May 2. He also told the Bangor man that when he comes back to court he "will have £500 in cash in compensation for this paramedic and he has to write a letter of apology".

The defendant heard he would likely be given community service or a jail sentence, whether immediate or suspended. The judge said: "If you don't have £500, you can guess the outcome."

Defence barrister John Dowey said his client had gathered together £200 from his pension, and that while he has £500 in the bank, "that would be all his savings".

Bloomer, from Central Avenue, pleaded guilty to common assault over the attack on the paramedic on December 23 last year.

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