A MAN who assaulted a paramedic who was taking him to hospital for treatment has walked free from court.
Stuart Griffiths yanked at Brian Dodds’ hand, causing damage to his tendons.
The ambulance worker needed physiotherapy and injections to treat the injury, but has since made a good recovery.
Newcastle Crown Court heard Griffiths, of Queen Street, Houghton, was being taken to hospital because he had been attacked by someone who saw him assault a woman in the street.
The 36-year-old was “very drunk” and had to be supported by Mr Dodds in A&E.
While he was doing so Griffiths took hold of his hand, yanked it back and damaged the tendons to his thumb.
The court heard that Griffiths later expressed remorse.
He admitted common assault, assault causing bodily harm and an unrelated theft charge.
He was given a community order for two years with a 12- month mental health treatment requirement.
A North East Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “There is absolutely no justification whatsoever for attacking people who are only trying to help.”