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Teen jailed for attack on female paramedic

A teenager who repeatedly punched and spat at two female ambulance officers as they were taking him to Altnagelvin Hospital in Londonderry has been jailed for 28 days.

Gary McLaughlin (19), from the Old Fort, Strathfoyle, pleaded guilty to two charges of assaulting the officers in the early hours of June 4.

District Judge Mervyn Bates was told that the officers were transporting McLaughlin, who was in a drunken state, to the hospital's accident and emergency department from a house party.

A prosecution barrister said the ambulance had been called to the party by McLaughlin's friends who were worried about his drunken condition after he had fallen several times. En route to the hospital McLaughlin spat at and lashed out at the crew members.

Defence solicitor Keith Kyle said McLaughlin was very ashamed, embarrassed and remorseful. He said McLaughlin was so drunk he remembered nothing about the incident.

“He is a man with no previous convictions who has nothing but the highest respect for members of the frontline emergency services,” he said.

However the District Judge said anyone who assaulted ambulance staff had to accept the consequences of their actions.

“Custody in this case in unavoidable and I sentence you to 28 days in prison,” he told McLaughlin.

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