A teenager who pushed a female paramedic to the ground was yesterday warned he faces the prospect of a custodial sentence.
Artur Orehov (19) was given the warning from District Judge Mark Hamill at Newtownards Magistrates Court.
Freeing Orehov on bail until next month, Mr Hamill told the defendant: "Do not think for one moment that I'm giving any indication of a non-custodial sentence."
Orehov, from Donaghadee Road in Millisle, had earlier pleaded guilty to a single count of common assault against the paramedic on March 8 this year.
A prosecuting lawyer told the court how police were called to assist an ambulance crew at a car crash in Bangor and that Orehov was a back seat passenger.
"While they were assisting him he began getting agitated, kicking out and punching as the crew tried to get him out," said the PPS lawyer.
Once outside the crashed car, Orehov continued to be agitated, hitting and lashing out before he put his hands on the shoulders of a female paramedic, pushing her which "caused her to fall backwards".
The defence solicitor conceded that "clearly" probation would be needed before the judge could pass sentence.
Freeing Orehov on bail until January 15, Judge Hamill told the teenager: "It's for you to chase probation."