A man has been sentenced for urinating on both a paramedic and police officer from a 4th floor balcony while laughing.
Andrew Whitehead, 22, urinated from a balcony on Shoreditch High Street, on to paramedic Lorna Mcllwaine and an accompanying Police officer as they responded to an emergency call.
Mcllwaine, 30, told London24: “I’d been called to treat a man who had suffered an unprovoked attack in a shop. He had a black eye and his nose had been broken and he was feeling very shaken. I was walking him to my response car with a police officer when (…) I felt a splash. I didn’t know what it was at first but it became very clear it was a bodily fluid.”
Mcllwaine said she looked up and saw Whitehead laughing and exposing himself to the whole street.
The Paramedic has been assaulted and threatened before in her line of work, but said this attack was different because it felt “so personal”.
“ (…) all I was doing was helping a patient who was already shaken after being attacked. What makes it even more frustrating is that I needed to return to my station to change my uniform and fill in my report, which prevented me from responding to patients”, she told the Evening Standard.
Katy Millard, Deputy Director of Operations for London’s Ambulance Service, also told the Standard that paramedics are only trying to care for patients in their time of need, and treating them in such a demeaning and humiliating way was completely unacceptable.
Millard said: “Medics are already under a great deal of pressure. It is completely unacceptable that they should also face the risk of this treatment or worse when they go to assist members of the public.”
Whitehead was arrested and charged on the night of the incident, and was sentenced at Thames Magistrates Courts on January 20 to 300 hours of community service and a £250 fine.