NIGERIAN FACES JAIL IN UK FOR ASSAULTING MEDICAL PERSONNEL ON HIS BIRTHDAY

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A Nigerian living in UK is facing some years behind the bar after he battered a paramedic.

Akinwunmi Akinyuwa, 29, hurled Qasam Pervez into a side window then punched him repeatedly about the head.

Mr. Pervez, 27, told in a court statement how the attack came out of nowhere as he filled in paperwork beside a stretcher Akinyuwa was lying on.

He said the attack has left him anxious and fearful, but told how he is determined to return to work to help others.

Akinyuwa pleaded guilty to assault and could now be jailed. The ambulance was called to help him after he was found intoxicated and lying on the floor near a communal stairwell at his home. But Manchester Magistrates Court heard Akinyuwa can’t remember anything about the attack because he got so drunk after celebrating his birthday with friends.

The conviction comes as figures reveal a rise in reports of attacks on ambulance service staff.

The ambulance was called to Akinyuwa’s home by police in the early hours of October 22.

He was placed on a stretcher secured with a safety belt and was initially jovial with Mr. Pervez, an emergency medical technician with North West Ambulance Service for four years.

Mr. Pervez sat beside him in the ambulance as it set off. But the court heard that four minutes into the journey Akinyuwa started to shout ‘angel of death’ and repeatedly said the word ‘sample’.

Prosecutor Sabrina Sohota said he removed his safety belt, jumped off the stretcher and launched the unprovoked attack as the ambulance travelled on Trinity Way in Salford.

Akinyuwa, the court heard, grabbed hold of Mr Pervez then threw him across the ambulance. His head struck a window.

He punched him to the floor and reigned down several more blows to the back of his head. Akinyuwa fled through the rear doors as the ambulance came to a halt. He was arrested the following day.

Mr. Pervez suffered blurred vision and continues to suffer from headaches, the court heard.

In a statement he said:   “I feel angry because I am there to help people. I feel anxious about returning to work.

Every patient could be a potential suspect or attacker. This assault has definitely knocked my confidence. The assault was totally unprovoked.”

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Lawyer Barry Cuttle while defending the Nigerian, said Akinyuwa, who is studying a management course at college, was ‘deeply ashamed and deeply sorry’ for his actions.

He said: “This man has made the first mistake of his life and is deeply upset.”

Akinyuwa is due to be sentenced on November 27 after the case was adjourned for reports.

He was released on bail.

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