Jailed for assaulting ambulance officer
A Palmerston North man has been sent to jail for assaulting an ambulance officer while she cared for his son.
In the Palmerston North District Court this morning David Munro, 40, was sentenced to six weeks jail for the March 16 incident.
Munro had called 111 after his son, then 3 years old, stopped breathing and turned blue.
When St John staff arrived he was stressed and concerned they were not acting fast enough, Judge Gerard Lynch said.
He shoved a female ambulance officer several times while she treated his son, at one point pushing her so hard she fell onto a stretcher inside the ambulance.
Munro then told the woman "I'm going to hunt you down and hurt you", Lynch said.
Lynch said he accepted Munro was "extremely worried and distressed" at the time but his actions were unacceptable.
"Those that are tasked with serving in our community need to be safe in undertaking the very good work that they do."
The ambulance officer had been forced to take stress leave after the incident, Lynch said.
"She was fearful you would find out who she was and carry out that threat," he said.The ambulance officer had lost confidence as a result of the incident and was left feeling more vulnerable.
Munro was also sentenced to three weeks jail, to be served concurrently, for threatening staff at Palmerston North Hospital, where his son had been taken.
After being denied entrance to the emergency ward, he punched the reception glass and put his hand under the glass to push computer monitors.
He was also convicted and discharged for disorderly behavior for his outburst at the hospital.