A man has been jailed after he pushed a paramedic up against the side of her ambulance and repeatedly kicked her.
Mark Butler, 33, was being treated after a separate incident in which he violently attacked another man with a sock filled with a tin containing coins.
He was restrained by police and put onto a stretcher in the back of the ambulance.
However, drunk and high on cannabis, he continued to be aggressive and told them that ‘people would be dead’ by the next day.
He kicked the paramedic three times in the head and squashed her against the side of the vehicle while trying to escape from the police restraints.
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He has now admitted assaulting a female paramedic and having a folding knife in public.
Prosecutor Craig Lowe told Grimsby Crown Court that in the attack leading up to the incident in the ambulance, Butler was involved in another altercation.
He confronted a man in Immingham, Lincolnshire, saying: ‘What are you looking at? Do you know who I am?’
Butler then knocked him out with the coin-filled bag, fracturing his skull and eye socket.
Defending him, Dale Brook said that Butler had shown remorse and that his actions were ‘completely irrational’ and ‘mindless’.
He also told the court that Butler had a long-standing drug problem and had been drinking and taking cannabis in the run-up to the attacks.
New powers came into effect on November 1, allowing courts to double the sentence for people who attack members of the emergency services over regular members of the public in offences committed from then.
The powers were not applied to the incident involving the paramedic because it happened in August.
He was jailed for two-and-a-half years.