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Paramedic attacker from Burnley is sent to prison
ONE of two drunken brothers who attacked a paramedic, called to a house to treat a sick woman, is behind bars.
Burnley Crown Court heard how Gary Stacey, 59, and his colleague Sarah Walsh had arrived at the property in the early hours to find it full of young people, drinking alcohol.
A woman was vomiting into a bucket upstairs and her two children were in the property, including a baby. The tot was on the couch in the living room with a bottle of milk, amid rowdy drinkers, who were shouting and swearing.
The victim and his colleague were concerned for the youngsters' safety, particularly the one-year-old, and asked the group to leave — at which point Reece Richmond, 19, hit Mr Stacey in the face. Richmond's brother Samuel, 20, then joined in after the victim said he was going to call the police, and punched the paramedic as well.
Mr Stacey suffered a black eye, a gashed upper eyelid, which needed stitching, a puncture wound on the inside of his cheek and bruises to his arm. He was taken to hospital in his own ambulance, which was put out of commission for four hours by the violence.
The brothers both admitted assault causing actual bodily harm and had been committed for sentence by Pennine magistrates.
Reece Richmond, of Sansbury Crescent, Burnley, who has previous convictions for affray and battery, was locked up for 30 weeks. His co-defendant, of Tavistock Street, Nelson, received 30 weeks in detention, suspended for a year, with supervision.
Sentencing, Recorder Andrew Thomas, QC, said Mr Stacey's eye injury was significant and was a very serious offence.
He said: “People providing a service to the public, members of the medical profession, are entitled to expect the courts to protect them.”
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