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Man charged after ambulance officer assaulted - Illawarra

Thursday, 03 June 2021 11:44:06 PM

A man will face Court next month after an ambulance officer suffered a broken leg following an alleged assault in the Illawarra earlier today.

Around 12.00pm on Thursday 3 June 2021, a 34-year-old man presented at Wollongong Hospital for treatment for a stomach complaint.

Dues to the man’s demeanour towards triage staff, he was asked to leave the hospital by security.

A short time later, the man went home to an address at Mangerton and requested an ambulance by calling ‘000’.

The man was treated by ambulance paramedics and taken to Wollongong hospital, where medical treatment was commenced.

The man again became allegedly aggressive and abusive towards hospital staff, who were trying to treat him. He was then escorted from the hospital by four security officers.

A short time later, the man allegedly stood in front of the hospital driveway on Darling Street, blocking access to the hospital for two other ambulance vehicles, which were trying to get into the hospital.

A male paramedic from the second ambulance officer spoke with the man and attempted to move him away from the driveway, to allow the ambulance into the hospital grounds, as they had a patient onboard in need of urgent medical attention.

It will be alleged in Court the man refused to move or cooperate with the ambulance officers’ demands, and then grabbed hold of the ambulance officer and wrestled him to the ground.

The man then threw the paramedic over his leg and fell on top of him.

The paramedic, a 57-year-old man with 33 years experience as an Ambulance officer, suffered two fractures to his lower left leg and a dislocated kneecap.

Police from Wollongong Police District attended a short time later and found the man nearby at the intersection of Crown Street and Darling Street.

The man was taken to Wollongong Police Station where he was charged with four offences, including reckless grievous bodily harm, obstruct or hinder ambulance officer by act of violence, obstruct or hinder ambulance officer providing service to other and offensive conduct.

The 34-year old man from Mangerton was given strict bail conditions and will appear before Wollongong Local Court on Tuesday 6 July 2021.