Violent patient told to do work

Blackpool Magistrates' Court

Blackpool Magistrates' Court

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A violent patient, who told police he thought he was having a dream in which paramedics and officers were trying to abduct him, has been ordered to do unpaid work.

Matthew Pearce slapped a female paramedic hard across the face as she tried to treat him and lashed out at officers.

Pearce, 40, of Caunce Street, Blackpool, pleaded guilty to assaulting an emergency medical technician.

He was sentenced to do 60 hours unpaid work for the community and ordered to pay £100 compensation to his victim with £40 costs plus £60 victims’ surcharge by Blackpool magistrates.

Alison Quanbrough, prosecuting, said an ambulance crew was called to Pearce about 5pm on January 27.

He was said to be unconscious.

As the crew tried to transfer Pearce to a stretcher he slapped the woman paramedic hard with the back of his hand across her face.

Pearce told police he had been drinking shots and the last thing he remembered was drinking a can of lager at a friend’s house.

He added he thought he had been having a dream in which the ambulance crew and police officers were trying to abduct him.

Stephen Duffy, defending, said his client remembered being given a cigarette and that inquiries he made after the offence suggested it contained a ‘legal high’.

Pearce had shown genuine remorse and had written a heartfelt letter of apology, Mr Duffy said.