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Prison Sentence for Paramedic Attacker

A man has been given a custodial prison sentence after assaulting and threatening to kill a North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) Paramedic who was looking after and comforting him.

An ambulance was called to an unconscious male in Manchester on 5 September 2017 but after getting the patient on the stretcher and in the ambulance the man suddenly became alert and began pulling at the ambulance equipment aggressively.

In an attempt to calm him down, Paramedic, Amanda Beames, comforted the male who seemed upset. He asked Amanda to hold his hand which she did before he started laughing and pulled her on top of him, threatening to kill her and attempting to use her pen as a weapon to attack her with.

Amanda bravely managed to hold down and restrain the male all whilst travelling on the motorway in a moving ambulance but was left with injuries to her wrist, chest and stomach.

The male, Paulius Zacharovas, 30, of no fixed abode, was later arrested and kept on remand before pleading guilty on 21 February 2018 at Manchester and Salford Magistrates Court to a charge of assault with battery.

Sector Manager for NWAS in Greater Manchester, Annemarie Rooney, said: “This type of treatment towards the very people who are there only to help is absolutely not acceptable and we will not tolerate it.

“This was a vicious attack which has had a lasting effect on our Paramedic and we’re glad that he has been brought to justice.”

In 2017, there were 204 reported incidents of physical assault against NWAS staff in Greater Manchester alone.

Paramedic, Amanda Beames, 39, from Bury, said: “This was an extremely frightening experience for me and although I have experienced abuse during my 20 career as a Paramedic, never anything on this scale.

“I have had to take some time away from my role following the attack but feel that this sentencing has given me some closure and I feel determined to get back to the job I love. The support that I have had from my colleagues, friends, family and the Service as a whole has been amazing but it shouldn’t be needed. Nobody should ever be treated in that way especially someone who is only there to help.”

Mr Zacharavos was sentenced to an eight month custodial sentence and ordered to pay fines of £150.

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6 Responses

  1. xobe says:

    That is very scary. Threatening someone can lead into imprisonment due to law. Though you can pay for it for penalty but still we should threat anyone. Good thing the man was alive.

  2. hetzky says:

    How did this man get such a lenient sentence?! Threatening to kill alone carries a maximum sentence of 10 years, and he didn’t only make threats, he actively tried to kill her (albeit with a pen, but still…). On top of that you have assault/unlawful wounding charges (I’m no expert so I don’t know where this particular case falls) but they can carry up to 5 years. Eight months and a poxy fine is a huge proverbial slap in the face to the paramedics who face this kind of problem on a regular basis and will now have to deal with people who think they will also get off this lightly.

  3. hibiscus says:

    Of course attacking a paramedic is unacceptable but I’m wondering what sort of custodial sentence this man got? He’s homeless, found unconscious, displaying aggressive behavior while laughing, and attacking the people who are there to help him. It sounds like this man was/is not of sound mind and may actually need help beyond sentencing. Perhaps sending him to a therapeutic or psychiatric institution would bring justice to both the paramedic and him as well as avoid future incidents.

    • hetzky says:

      He would have needed to undergo some sort of psychiatric evaluation to be deemed able to stand trial, so I think you can count out major psychiatric issues. I would imagine the more likely scenario is that he is a regular abuser of alcohol or drugs, and hopefully the 8 months in prison that he is now facing will have the relevant treatment programmes. The problem with that is that when he is released the lack of any kind of further rehabilitation programme means that he will most likely just carry on in the same sad cycle that he is currently in. OF course this is just conjecture, I could be completely wrong. I’m no expert, just a guy with a laptop

  4. MomoStarr16 says:

    That was a big kind of bravery for the paramedic. It is hard to stay focus on that situation but she still managed to do what she need to do. It is really hard to be a paramedic saving people and dangerous having that kind of patient.

  5. Giancarlo says:

    I think that Mr Zacharavos got lucky here, because threatening to kill someone who is trying to help you in a moving vehicle is something that would make a lot of people really angry to hear. I can only assume what does the family of the paramedic think of this weak sentence.

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