Ambulance Victoria has revealed shocking details about yet another alleged drunken assault of a paramedic who was hospitalised for his injuries, just days after two women escaped jail for a similar attack in 2016.
The alleged attacker has since fronted the media to express his remorse and publicly apologise for his actions.
A spokeswoman confirmed to Daily Mail Australia that paramedics were called to an Epping home in Melbourne’s north in the early hours of Thursday morning to attend to a man aged in his 20s who was reportedly unconscious and frothing at the mouth after an excessive drinking binge.
Wishwan Seetloo fronted the media to express his remorse over the alleged attack of a paramedic in Melbourne. He claims he has no memory of the incident
Ambulance workers protested against a decision by a court to quash the jail sentences handed to two women who injured a paramedic
‘A paramedic was admitted to hospital with back and facial injuries after being spat at and punched by a patient,’ an Ambulance Victoria statement said.
‘On attempting to rouse the patient, he woke and became verbally aggressive and abusive towards the crew, spitting at them.’
The patient was sedated but as he was wheeled onto a stretcher, he allegedly punched a paramedic in the face.
‘This caused the stretcher to tip, and the paramedic grabbed the stretcher to stop it from falling, resulting in the paramedic taking the full weight of the stretcher and the patient in his outstretched arms,’ the statement said.
‘The crew transported the patient to hospital, where the assaulted paramedic experienced severe back pain. He was treated, before being admitted to hospital for pain management and further assessment.’
Fair Go paramedic posted photos of ambulance vehicles displaying the message in pink writing: ‘it’s not OK to assault paramedics’ after two women escaped jail for an attack in 2016
The injured paramedic, 44, who has 14 years experience, has since been released from hospital but is expected to be off work for a fortnight.
His alleged attacker, Wishwan Seetloo told media on Thursday he doesn’t remember the alleged incident after overindulging in whisky at a cousin’s wedding.
‘I was intoxicated, I don’t know what happened, all right,’ he said.
Mr Seetloo begged for forgiveness and wants to meet the paramedic he allegedly attacked.
Wishwan Seetloo (pictured right) alleged spat on and punched a paramedic, who was hospitalised for back and facial injuries
‘I want to apologise because I don’t want this thing to happen to anyone,’ he said.
‘I want to say sorry for it.’
But saying sorry may not be enough to save Mr Seetloo, who was lost for words when asked about the possibility of jail time for his alleged actions.
A Victoria Police spokesman told Daily Mail Australia it is investigating the incident but is yet to lay charges as they wait to interview those involved.
The latest alleged assault comes two days after jail sentences originally given to Amanda Warren, 33, and Caris Underwood, 20, were reversed on appeal in the Victorian County Court.
The jail sentence handed to Caris Underwood, 20 (pictured left) and Amanda Warren, 33, right, was revoked on appeal in the Victorian County Court on Tuesday
The women were originally sentenced to jail sentences of six months and four months after pleading guilty to causing injury.
Ambulance vehicles were pictured in Victoria plastered with protest graffiti after the decision was handed down.
Fair Go paramedic posted photos of ambulance vehicles displaying the message in pink and white writing: ‘It’s not OK to assault paramedics’.
An #itsneverok hashtag went viral social media on Tuesday as ambulance officers and the community expressed their support for the paramedics.
The debate even turned political, with Victorian Liberal leader Matthew Guy labelling the decision ‘a disgrace’ in a Twitter post.
‘A complete failure of the Victorian justice system,’ he said.
Ambulance Victoria chief executive Associate Professor Tony Walker was ‘extremely disappointed’ that an opportunity to send a strong message to the community about violence against paramedics had been lost.
He says a paramedic is physically or verbally assaulted every 50 hours.
‘This is an extremely difficult time for our colleagues Paul Judd and Chenaye Bentley and our thoughts are with them today and always,’ he said in a statement posted on Ambulance Victoria’s Facebook page.
‘We have worked hard in the past two years to make significant changes at Ambulance Victoria to ensure that the safety of our hard working paramedics is our Number One priority. Aggression and abuse towards paramedics is completely unacceptable and in this case, Paul and Chenaye, two of our highly-trained, dedicated people were injured while simply trying to do their jobs, helping someone in need.
A paramedic is physically or verbally assaulted every 50 hours, according to Ambulance Victoria chief executive Associate Professor Tony Walker
Victim Paul Judd was ‘gutted’ by the decision, according to Fairfax Media, and he said: ‘I just feel that justice hasn’t been done.’
Mr Judd broke his foot in the violent attack and has required multiple surgeries since.
The experienced ambulance worker has not been able to return to work since the violent attack in April 2016.
The women admitted punching and kicking Mr Judd as he and another paramedic tried to treat a patient in Reservoir.
Lawyers for both women say the pair had tough childhoods but have started to turn their lives around since their drunken assault.
They both pleaded guilty last year to intentionally causing injury, while Warren has also admitted to criminally damaging the ambulance by ramming it with a car.
Victim Paul Judd was ‘gutted’ by Tuesday’s decision, according to Fairfax Media, and he said: ‘I just feel that justice hasn’t been done’
There were 147 assaults against paramedics last year compared to 234 in 2016, according to The Age.
Assistant secretary of the ambulance union, Danny Hill told the publication that Thursday’s alleged attack was like ‘salt being rubbed into the wound’
‘Paramedics are already reeling after Tuesday’s decision and this is just another example of the dangers they face,’ Mr Hill said.
‘While laws will be changed and amended, paramedics on shifts today and tonight are likely to be exposed to more occupational violence.’
Victorian laws introduced in 2014 demand a mandatory minimum jail term of six months for anyone who intentionally injures an emergency worker, unless there are special circumstances.
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews admitted that loophole needed to be ‘fixed’ but said the government would not rush the process.
‘We’re going to take the time to get this right. Poor drafting is perhaps one of the reasons we are … talking about this,’ he told reporters on Thursday.
‘The other reason is, of course, that some people think it’s OK to behave this way.’