Murray MacGregor – Wednesday 1st February 2023 – 3.00pm.
Ambulance bosses are welcoming a two-year jail term for a man who broke the jaw of a paramedic who had gone to help him.
It was the first time that body worn camera footage was provided to the police in the West Midlands region as part of an investigation into an assault of a member of the ambulance service.
The incident happened at around 9.00pm outside Shooters Bar in Leominster on Friday 4th March 2022.
Yesterday (Tuesday 31st January) at Worcester Crown Court, Henry Steven Allun Grain (20 years) of Worcester Road, Leominster was sentenced to two years imprisonment in a youth offenders institution after earlier pleading guilty to Grievous Bodily Harm with intent and two counts of criminal damage.
Paramedic Steve Raven, who was assaulted, said: “We had been tasked to a report of an unresponsive man in a public house.
“After initial treatment, we took him out to the ambulance where he became aggressive, so we activated the ambulance CCTV system and our body worn cameras.”
Grain then punched Steve in the face breaking his jaw. He also damaged one window and broke one of the ambulance door hinges taking the vehicle off the road for repairs.
Steve said: “I love my job, but this incident has had a profound impact on me. As well as the time for my bone to heal I have been left with facial numbness and hearing loss. It has also affected me psychologically – I get very nervous when I attend similar situations.
“Often we don’t feel that the law provides us with enough protection, but I was pleased that the judge in his summing up was quite strong in his disgust at what Grain did. He understood that this was an assault on someone who had gone there to help a patient and ended up off work for weeks, robbing the public of a paramedic at a time when it is incredibly challenged.
“When I started this job in 2015, the thought that I would need to wear a body worn camera for my protection would have seemed absurd, but I am so glad that both the vehicle and our staff have that option. I feel sure that being able to capture what happened made all the difference when it came to the prosecution and I would urge all my colleagues to use the system every time they go out, you just never know when you might need it.”
WMAS Emergency Services Operations Delivery Director, Nathan Hudson, said: “I welcome this sentence as it shows how seriously the court took the violence against Steve.
“Ambulance staff are there to help people in their hour of need. We know that the vast majority of the public find violence against our staff to be abhorrent.
“The impact that violence against our staff has on their lives can be profound: we have seen cases where colleagues are left scared to be alone with a patient; some get flash backs and other mental health impacts.
“These often long term effects are on top of the recovery that is needed for their physical injuries that may stop them being able to work for days, weeks or months.
“Violence is not acceptable and we all need to work together to stop it happening.”