Police have released the mugshot of a Coventry man who attacked a paramedic, leaving them with a fractured jaw and still unable to return to work.
Jamie Davies launched the shocking attack after student paramedic Chris Cooling had come to his aid after Davies reported having breathing difficulties at his home in Earlsdon.
An ambulance crew had arrived on the evening of April 5 before Davies, 21, lashed out as he demanded an inhaler and punched Mr Cooling, who has worked with West Midlands Ambulance Service for more than six years, in the face.
The medic’s jaw was broken so badly that he required surgery to insert a metal plate.
Police officers were called to the incident and Davies fled the the scene but was arrested the following day and later charged with causing grievous bodily harm.
He entered a guilty plea and yesterday (Tuesday, November 24) was jailed for seven years and two months at Coventry Crown Court.
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In the wake of the sentencing, West Midlands Police has now released Davies’ custody image.
Mr Cooling, 40, has yet to return to operational duties due to ongoing pain in his jaw and the fact he has suffered post traumatic stress disorder.
He hopes the tough sentence handed to Davies will serve as a warning to others who attack emergency services staff.
He said: “I am extremely happy with the outcome of the court case and hope that it serves as deterrent to others.
“This incident has had a massive impact on me – I have so far lost seven months of my life to this attack and I am not yet able to resume my career, a career that I love.”
He added: “This court case has reopened old wounds and I fear I will always have to live with the fear of something like this happening again.
“Like my colleagues, I come to work to help people. Whilst I suffered particularly severe injuries many others have also been attacked.
“It is sentences like this that will make people stop and think before they do something similar, yet too often the sentences do not reflect the effect such incidents have on us.
“I would like to thank West Midlands Ambulance Service for their support throughout and also to West Midlands Police for their quick response and the Crown Prosecution Service for putting such a strong case together.”
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