Teen charged over paramedic bite attack

Published Thursday, 02 May 2013
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A man has been charged after a paramedic was bitten during an emergency call out in Co Antrim.

Teen charged over paramedic bite attack
The paramedic was taken to Antrim Area Hospital for treatment. (© PA)

The ambulance crew was called to a man in the Shore Road area of Whiteabbey on Wednesday evening.

The man needed treatment for cuts to his face, but when the ambulance crew arrived, he verbally and physically assaulted the crew.

The paramedic called for police back up and while waiting for the PSNI to arrive, the patient, who appeared to be very drunk, continued to attack the crew.

The man bit one paramedic on the hand, and he was arrested at the scene.

The paramedic was treated for his injury at Antrim Area Hospital.

A 19-year-old man has been charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm, three counts of assault on police, common assault and two counts of criminal damage.

He is expected to appear at Belfast Magistrates' Court on Friday.

A spokesman for the Ambulance Service condemned the attack.

"These verbal and physical assaults are a major source of concern for the trust as its staff should never be subject to abuse when responding to emergency calls, as their sole reason for being there is to provide medical help to those who need it."

© UTV News
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6 Comments
Utd in Co down wrote (356 days ago):
Brilliant ally brown lol
Tab in Antrim wrote (356 days ago):
Ban them from ever using the NHS again.
A in Newtownabbey wrote (357 days ago):
I saw it! He tried kicking the parametic in the face aswell!
caroline wood in newtownabbey wrote (357 days ago):
Animals belong in the zoo !
Ally Brown in Belfast wrote (357 days ago):
Is suarez on holidays in northern ireland?
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