Drunk man groped ambulance worker

DEIH20130514C-003_C.JPG Picture: Ian Hodgkinson'Snatch picture of Michael Spencer leaving Derby Magistrates court. Michael has been convicted on sexually touching a women without consent.
DEIH20130514C-003_C.JPG Picture: Ian Hodgkinson'Snatch picture of Michael Spencer leaving Derby Magistrates court. Michael has been convicted on sexually touching a women without consent.

A drunken man from Kirk Hallam who groped a female ambulance technician has been ordered to carry out 80 hours community work.

Michael Spencer, 33, was being examined by the ambulance technician for a head injury when he “squeezed her bottom” with both hands, Southern Derbyshire Magistrates Court heard.

The woman told police it made her feel “dirty” and that she would not accept being groped at work.

Handing Spencer an 11-month community order, magistrate Derek Lees said: “This court won’t tolerate assaults on public servants, especially those who are trying to help people. Being drunk is not an excuse and certainly not a defence.”

Prosecutor Andrew Conboy said the incident happened in April after an East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) crew was called to a Kirk Hallam street to treat a man who was drunk and injured.

Mr Conboy said that when the woman and her paramedic colleague arrived, Spencer was being detained by police in handcuffs.

His head was bleeding and he was slurring his words.

Mr Conboy said they eventually convinced Spencer to get into the ambulance and his handcuffs were taken off.

Spencer, of Windsor Crescent, grabbed the woman from behind after she turned her back on him to get something, and while she was alone with him in the ambulance.

Mr Conboy said: “She jumped forward and shouted for him to get off her. He said ‘all that just because I touched your bum’.”

Spencer, who admitted intentionally touching a woman in a sexual way, told police he had been drinking and taking drugs on the day of the incident.

Asif Munir, in mitigation, said Spencer had a problem with binge drinking.

He added: “It’s been nine years since he has been before the court. He has no previous convictions of a sexual matter. It is completely out of character.”

Spencer was ordered to do 80 hours of unpaid work and will be supervised by the probation service for 11 months. He must pay £145 in costs and £50 compensation to the victim.

After the hearing, Sean Keown, of EMAS, said: “We encourage colleagues to report all incidents of verbal and physical abuse.

“We hope that this acts as a warning to others.”