Teenager jailed after trying to have sex in an AMBULANCE when paramedics left the doors open while collecting a 92-year-old patient
Kyle Hargreaves was caught kissing a girl on a stretcher in the ambulance
When confronted, the 18-year-old replied ‘we are just trying to have sex’
He punched paramedic Michael Newman three times and spat in his face
An 18-year-old who assaulted a paramedic after he was caught trying to have sex in an ambulance has been jailed.
Paramedics found Kyle Hargreaves kissing a girl on a stretcher in the back of the vehicle, which had been called to an address in Grimsby, Lincolnshire.
The ambulance crew had left the doors open while they collected a 92-year-old man with chest pain from inside the property.
They returned to find Hargreaves and the girl, who has not been named, lying on top of each other.
When confronted by paramedic Michael Newman, Hargreaves said: ‘What’s your problem? We are just trying to have sex’.
The teenager then punched Mr Newman three times as the patient was being carried out to the vehicle.
Hargreaves, of Immingham, Lincolnshire, pleaded guilty to assaulting Mr Newman and breaching his Antisocial Behaviour Order by using threatening behaviour towards him.
He was jailed for two years and eight months at Grimsby Crown Court.
The court was told that the ambulance responded to the call shortly after 10pm on February 15.
One of the crew left the back doors of the ambulance open, which is normal practice, when he brought a chair inside for the man.
In the few minutes the crew were away, Hargreaves and the girl, sneaked inside.
When paramedic Michael Newman returned to the vehicle, he found Hargreaves and the girl kissing on the stretcher. He said they appeared to have been drinking.
He told them to get out of the ambulance because the crew needed to take the patient to hospital. Hargreaves told him they were ‘trying to have sex’.
The teenager threatened the crew before punching Mr Newman three times in the face, the court heard.
The 92-year-old man, who was still in the carry chair, was protected by an ambulance technician and the patient’s son at the time.
The panic button on the crew’s radio was used to alert the police.
The girl who was with Hargreaves bit ambulance technician William Heron on his hand. Mr Newman suffered a huge black eye, a cut to his nose and a nose bleed.
Hargreaves spat saliva and blood into Mr Newman’s face.
The crew restrained Hargreaves until the police arrived by holding him down. Another crew was sent out to take the pensioner to hospital.
Judge David Tremberg branded the punching and spitting assault on the paramedic ‘disgusting’ and ‘uncivilised’ behaviour towards a paramedic who was just doing his job.
Craig Lowe, mitigating, said Hargreaves had a long history of offending and he faced longer custodial sentences if he did not tackle his drinking.
After the hearing, Steve Pratten, of the East Midlands Ambulance Service, said: ‘This was a disgraceful act, not only to attack an emergency ambulance crew while they were engaged on their duties and were trying to look after a patient, but it was also completely selfish and completely irresponsible because of what they were trying to use the ambulance for.
‘We are very pleased with the sentence. We think it reflects the serious nature of the incident.
‘We are also pleased that the Crown Prosecution Service has worked with us and Humberside Police in being able to get a conviction.
‘It sends a clear message that any form of violence and aggression to any of our staff will not be tolerated.’
Mr Pratten said the pensioner needed to go to hospital but did not suffer any serious effects from being caught up in the violent incident.
‘Both of our staff have been supported by East Midlands Ambulance Service through counselling and occupational health services.
‘The technician who was bitten on the hand had to have a series of injections.
‘Both crew members returned to work the following day for their shifts, a sign of their professionalism and dedication in returning to work and taking no sickness time.
Hargreaves admitted separate matters of robbery and theft against a newsagents on the same day.
The ASBO had been made at Grimsby Youth Court on February 25, 2013.