Brothers in paramedic assault


Two brothers hit a paramedic called to help a woman at a drunken party, a court was told.

Samuel Richmond (20), of Tavistock Street, Nelson, and Reece Richmond (19), of Wilfred Street, Accrington, pleaded guilty to causing actual bodily harm to ambulanceman Gary Stacey when they appeared before Burnley Crown Court.

Recorder Andrew Thomas jailed both brothers for 30 months, but suspended imprisonment on Samuel Richmond because he had a shorter criminal record.

The court was told Mr Stacey and his colleague Sarah Walsh were called to a house party in Hollins Road, Nelson, to attend a woman who was being sick. When they arrived, they found a one year old child on the sofa in the middle of the party and an eight-year-old in bed.

Mr Stacey was assaulted after he asked the party goers to leave so he could treat the woman and get the children cared for. When the group refused to leave he told them he would call the police.

Reece told him: “Why have you said that? He (Samuel) is going to kick off.

Prosecutor Mr Raymond Bennett said Mr Stacey then pointed at Reece and told him to go. “Reece said don’t point at me, and then he stood up and punched Mr Stacey,” said Mr Bennett. “Samuel did the same and struck him in the face. Reece then struck him again, knocking him backwards and breaking his glasses when they were knocked off.”

Mr Julian Goode, defending Samuel Richmond, said his client had been shocked by his own behaviour and pleaded guilty at the earliest opportunity. Mr Recorder Andrew Thomas suspended the jail term for 12 months and ordered him to carry out 150 hours of unpaid work with probation supervision.

Mr Martin Hackett, for Reece Richmond, said he accepted that courts had a duty to protect public servants doing their jobs and knew he would be going to jail. His immediate reaction on being charged with the assault had been to say that he was sorry.