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Homophobic thug kicked paramedic in the neck while in an ambulance to hospital

Homophobic thug kicked paramedic in the neck while in an ambulance to hospital

  • He later also abused and attacked a policeman on the way to police custody.
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A thug shouted homophobic abuse as he kicked a paramedic in the neck while in an ambulance on the way to hospital.

Paramedic Rose Waller was helping Dean Stevens, 28, after he collapsed in Shoreham, Brighton, southern England. The ambulance was taking him to Accident and Emergency at the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton.

But Stevens looked at her and told her ‘I’m going to kill you’.

Then, on his way to police custody, he also attacked PC James Savill. Again Stevens shouted more homophobic abuse.

‘A blatant attempt to injure me’

The Argus reports that Stevens admitted two assaults, two charges of harassment by using threatening or abusive behaviour, and possessing cocaine.

Brighton Magistrates Court heard the father of three was drunk and in a state during the attacks on 31 August 2019.

Suzanne Soros, prosecuting, said: ‘The defendant was in and out of sleep and continued to abuse Ms Waller in the back of the ambulance.

‘He called her a cunt and a dirty dyke. He brought his face close to hers to make her feel intimidated and caused damage to the glass inside the ambulance when he kicked out.

‘She was trying to hide away from him, he kicked her to the right side of the neck and shoulders.

‘At hospital, she ran out of the ambulance into reception, such was her concern about the defendant.’

Later Stevens also kicked PC Savill in the face during his journey to police custody and shouted more homophobic abuse.

PC Savill told the court: ‘I have never been subjected to such a blatant attempt to injure me. He tried to kick me in the face, he wanted to leave his mark on me.’

The attack was so bad that Savill considered leaving the police force as a result.

‘Thoroughly ashamed’

Meanwhile, John Hunter, defending Stevens in court said he had stopped drinking since the incident last summer and shown genuine remorse.

He said Stevens was drunk and confused when he attacked.

And he added: ‘He is thoroughly ashamed of his behaviour and horrified he has acted like this.’

Stevens has seven previous convictions for 21 offenses, including assaulting a police officer in 2013.

District Judge Amanda Kelly gave Stevens, of Little High Street, Shoreham, a 20-week suspended prison sentence.

She also ordered him to complete 150 hours of unpaid community work and to do 20 rehabilitation sessions.

And she ordered him to pay £250 compensation each to Waller and Savill.