Court: Curfew for champagne-fuelled Dagenham assault on paramedic


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A man who assaulted an ambulance driver after mixing champagne and medication was sentenced to live under curfew for the next two months.

Anthony Sacco, 38, of Stockdale Road, Dagenham, pleaded guilty to assault by beating and two counts of criminal damage to property at Barkingside Magistrates Court on Thursday.

The court heard how Sacco beat paramedic Andrew Franklin, who had been called to his girlfriend’s home in Hainault, on July 5, hurting Mr Franklin’s wrist and damaging his watch.

Sacco went on to throw some equipment owned by the London Ambulance Service across the room, damaging some cables. The court prosecutor said: “Suddenly the defendant became aggressive, lashing out with his arms.

“He grabbed hold of the victim’s arm, causing damage to his watch.”

The court heard how Sacco then threw the equipment, shouting: “Get the f*** out of my house!”

There were no injuries to Mr Franklin except for internal wrist pain.

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Sacco’s defence solicitor said: “He had two glasses of champagne while on medication. Of course, the two should not be mixed.”

District Judge Gary Lucie said: “It’s an unpleasant offence, especially with the assault being on a memmber of the London Ambulance Service.

“Luckily no real injuries were caused to him.”

The court sentenced Sacco to a community order including a curfew from 7pm to 7am to run from July 17 to September 10.

He was also told to pay £50 compensation, plus £15 for the damage to the watch and £20 for the broken cables, along with £85 in court costs.

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