Woman Attacked Paramedics As They Freed Her From Burning Home
On 2nd January 2021
After attacking ambulance staff who had come to evacuate her from her house in Brighton, East Sussex, Amy Winter, 40, was jailed for six months. She was led outside where two paramedics were attempting to provide first aid, but she punched them twice instead.
On December 24, Amy Winter, 40, was successfully escorted from the burning building
At around 3 pm on December 24, Amy Winter, 40, was successfully escorted from the burning building as firefighters tackled the flames in Brighton.
But when two paramedics attempted to send her first aid to save her, she hit them twice and wounded their bodies.
Winter was convicted and charged with two offences
Winter was convicted and charged with two offences of attacking a rescue worker and presented on Boxing Day at Brighton Magistrates' Court.
She pled guilty to all counts and was sentenced on each offence to six months in jail, to run simultaneously.
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As per Police official, she was pleased to see that the individual has been sentenced by the court
Superintendent Rachel Swinney, from Sussex Police, said: ‘I’m pleased to see that this individual has been sentenced by the court to a term of imprisonment for assaulting two paramedics who were there trying to help her.
‘All emergency services workers put their lives on the line to protect the public 365 days a year, assaults on any emergency services worker will not be tolerated.
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Anyone found guilty of assaulting a police officer, firefighter, prison officer or paramedic faced a maximum of 12 months in prison
‘The law is in place to protect them from harm and to deal with offenders appropriately, and we fully support our own police officers and our emergency service colleagues who continue to carry outbrave and extraordinary work across Sussex.’
The Government changed the law to consider tougher sentences for more serious offences
Since the state changed the rule in 2018, those found guilty of attacking a police officer, ambulance, corrections officer or paramedic faced a penalty of 12 months in jail.
It applies under the Assaults on Emergency Workers Offences Act 2018
Under the Attacks on Emergency Staff Offences Act 2018, this applies.
For more serious crimes such as GBH or sexual harassment, courts may still seek harsher penalties if the victim was an emergency worker.