Mar 14 2012 Airdrie & Coatbridge
A MAN who abused paramedics who were responding to an emergency call has been set to jail.
The ambulance staff arrived at Christopher Graham’s home address at Windsor Path, Glenmavis, on July 17 last year, after receiving an anonymous 999 call saying that he was injured.
The court heard it was 12.45am and they found the 22-year-old lying sleeping on the couch in the house. As they tried to wake him, he started rambling incoherently.
Graham then began to shout and swear and pushed his forehead into the face of one of the emergency staff.
They tried to calm him but he continued to shout and swear and they contacted the police.
Fiscal depute Ann Francis Hilley told the court: “Things continued in the same vein when the police arrived. He was shouting and swearing at them and was arrested.
“During the arrest, he punched one of the police officers on the face, injuring him, and then bit the other officer on the wrist.”
The court heard that the officer was left with a bite mark but that it didn’t break the skin.
Defence agent Nicky Matteo told the court that his client wasn’t responsible for calling the emergency services and that police had forced entry to Graham’s house, which caused a reaction.
He said: “He had been drinking and had fallen asleep. He was in his own house and didn’t have any injuries and didn’t make the call.
“It would appear from my understanding that the ambulance technicians decided to wake him up by pinching him.
“From my client’s perspective, he was in his own house and he was surprised that these people were there and reacted to the fact that he had been roused from his sleep. He told them he didn’t know anything about the call.”
The defence solicitor told the court that his client had gone to bed.
“When police arrived and were unable to wake him, they gained entry through the front door by using a battering ram. He had then again overreacted,” he said.
Graham was also sentenced for an incident on September 10 last year at Waddell Avenue in Glenmavis when he damaged a door and broke a window. He was on bail at the time he committed this offence.
Sheriff Frank Pierri sent Graham to prison for five months.