Jail for patient who spat at a paramedic

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A man who spat in the face of a paramedic who was treating him has been jailed by magistrates.

Jonathan Brogden, 47, of Springfield Road, Leyland, pleaded guilty to assaulting ambulance worker Michael Wilson.

Jonathan Brogden dob  04/07/1967 of Springfield Road Leyland jailed for 12 weeks by Preston Magistrates after assaulting a paramedic on  01 November 2014 at Preston

Jonathan Brogden dob 04/07/1967 of Springfield Road Leyland jailed for 12 weeks by Preston Magistrates after assaulting a paramedic on 01 November 2014 at Preston

The victim was spat on as he responded to an incident to treat Brogden on November 1 in Preston.

The bench at Preston Magistrates’ Court said custody was necessary because Brogden had a “flagrant disregard for court orders” and because the attack was committed on a paramedic whilst in drink.

Brogden, who has numerous previous convictions, was also ordered to pay an £80 victim surcharge.

He pleaded guilty to a count of being drunk and disorderly in New Hall Lane, and a further count of causing £800 damage to the rear spoiler of a woman’s Mitsubishi.

Today the North West Ambulance Service said it welcomed the sentence.

Director of Emergency Service for North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust (NWAS), Derek Cartwright, said: “It is unacceptable that violence is directed towards ambulance staff. The Trust will not tolerate abusive behaviour, whether physical or verbal.

“NWAS fully supports staff that become victims of assault and encourages them to report incidents to the police to ensure appropriate action is taken against the perpetrator.

“NWAS goes to great lengths to ensure staff can treat patients in an environment that is safe and secure on a daily basis. The protection of our staff is particularly important to us and we will continue to work on a number of campaigns and initiatives designed to keep staff safe and will not tolerate any verbal or physical abuse of them. ”