35-year-old Brandon James John of 19 Gorsedd, Penyfan, Llanelli appeared before Llanelli Magistrates’ Court on Friday (Jun 14) facing two charges of assault and one charge of criminal damage.
The court heard that on 12/05/2019 at Llanelli John assaulted Huw Summers, an emergency worker, a Paramedic, acting in the exercise of his functions as such a worker beating him Contrary to section 39 of the Criminal Justice Act 1988 and section 1 of the Assaults on Emergency Workers (Offences) Act 2018.
Further that on 12/05/2019 at Llanelli John assaulted Richard Keenan, an emergency worker, a Paramedic, acting in the exercise of his functions as such a worker, by beating him Contrary to section 39 of the Criminal Justice Act 1988 and section 1 of the Assaults on Emergency Workers (Offences) Act 2018.
Finally on 12/05/2019 at Llanelli without lawful excuse destroyed Spectacles to the value of under five thousand pounds belonging to Huw Summers intending to destroy or damage such property or being reckless as to whether such property would be destroyed or damaged Contrary to sections 1(1) and 4 of the Criminal Damage Act 1971.
John pleaded guilty to the charges and was sentenced to sixteen weeks in prison.
Speaking after the judgement Claire Vaughan, the Welsh Ambulance Service’s Director of Workforce and Organisational Development, said: “Violent and abusive behaviour towards any of our staff is totally unacceptable and we welcome this custodial sentence. Not only can these incidents have a lasting physical and mental impact on our hardworking staff, but they also prevent them from doing their job – caring for others. We will continue to work in collaboration with Police and the Crown Prosecution Service to seek prosecutions where appropriate as any and every act of violence and aggression against our staff is one too many.”