A TEENAGER who sexually attacked a paramedic when he was on a drunken night out in Burnley, has been spared immediate jail.

The town’s crown court was told how Matthew Owen, 18, had twice puckered up his lips and tried to kiss the victim and groped her from behind in an ambulance. The defendant had also tried to hug the victim and another woman in the street during the incident, last autumn.

The hearing was told Owen and his friends had been come from Fleetwood for a night out and the defendant was in such a drunken state, the paramedics were trying to help him outside a club.

Just before the assault, his friends were causing trouble and asking the victim and her male colleague to give them a lift back to Fleetwood in the ambulance.

Jobless Owen, of Winfield Avenue, Fleetwood, admitted sexual assault. He was given eight months in detention, suspended for two years, with 100 hours’ unpaid work. Owen was placed on the sex offenders’ register.