Woman slashed at paramedic then pulled ones hair out after hailing ambulance

A woman flagged down an ambulance then attacked a paramedic with a knife before pulling another's hair out.

In the early hours of April 24, Yasmin Punshon, 24, assaulted the two paramedics and two police officers in Middlesbrough.

She was sentenced on Tuesday at Teesside Magistrates Court for four charges of assaulting an emergency worker.

Joanne Hesse, prosecuting, said the defendant was “distressed and hysterical” when paramedics attempted to help her after she flagged down an ambulance shortly after 1am.

Emergency workers tried to help her and sit her down, but she continued to shout at them telling them to "get off her".

She then walked into the road and tried to flag down other vehicles.

When one of the paramedics tried to help Punshon further, she grabbed her hair and pulled out a clump, the court heard.

A second paramedic tried to intervene, but the defendant brandished a small blade attached to her key ring and attacked the man's face, resulting in an eight-centimetre cut which bled.

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Punshon fled the scene, and police were called. They later tracked her down and arrested her.

Despite having no previous convictions, Punshon was still aggressive when she was taken into custody, according to officers.

Peter Hamill, defending, told the court that she was "remorseful" for her actions and said she had been “drinking and using drugs to excess” at the time of the attack.

District Judge Helen Cousins called the incident “appalling” but accepted Punshon was remorseful.

Punshon was given a 16-week prison sentence, suspended for 18 months and ordered to carry out 30 rehabilitation days.

She was also made subject of a 30-day community order and a 12-week curfew.

Punshon must also pay £250 compensation to the emergency workers and £85 costs.

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