Jail for man who punched female paramedic in jaw

Scales of justice
Scales of justice

A Portrush man who punched a paramedic who was treating him has been sent to prison.

David Purdy (41) of Bath Street appeared bat North Antrim Magistrates’ Court last Wednesday charged with assault and disorderly behaviour in Portrush on June 6.

Court heard that police were called to aid ambulance staff in Portrush who were dealing with the defendant who was in a drunken state.

As officers arrived Purdy had punched a female paramedic in the jaw and was attempting to spit on her. He was arrested for assault.

Police accompanied him in an ambulance to Causeway Hospital where he continued to be abusive. He began shouting and swearing in the A&E department and officers were forced to restrain him.

He continued to shout in full view of members of the public and was re-arrested for disorderly behaviour.

Purdy was later interviewed at Coleraine police station and told officers he had no recollection of the incident due to his drunken state.

A solicitor said Purdy had “great respect” for medical staff and added that his sister actually worked in the hospital. Purdy was “most ashamed and embarrassed” for his actions in the hospital and wished to apologise.

District Judge, Mervyn Bates, said: “You have no authority to assault medical staff and your behaviour continued when you swore in the A&E department.

“Your behaviour will not be accepted,” said Judge Bates.

Purdy was sentenced to three months in prison for the assault and a further two months for the disorderly behaviour charge. The sentences will run concurrently.

The defendant later appealed the sentence and was released on his own bail of £400. Bail conditions imposed by the court prohibit Purdy from consuming alcohol and from being on licensed premises.