Hatfield woman in court for drunken attacks on ambulance and hospital staff

PUBLISHED: 09:40 23 November 2016 | UPDATED: 10:02 23 November 2016

Susan Howard damaged ambulance equipment in Hatfield

Susan Howard damaged ambulance equipment in Hatfield

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A Hatfield woman has received a suspended prison sentence for racially assaulting a hospital worker and damaging ambulance equipment while under treatment.

Susan Howard, 53, of Hillfield was receiving treatment in Market Place on May 6 when she damaged an electrocardiography machine, causing it to break.

While she was under further treatment at Stevenage’s Lister Hospital later that day, Howard racially abused a member of staff before slapping him on the cheek.

Pleading guilty to criminal damage and racially aggravated assault earlier this month, Howard was given a suspended prison sentence for six months, and an alcohol treatment order.

She was also ordered to pay £100 compensation, and £215 costs.

A spokesman for the trust that runs the Lister and Welwyn Garden City’s New QE2 Hospital said: “The trust will never accept abuse of its staff, in whatever form it may take.

“Our staff have a right to carry out their often life-saving work without the fear of being abused and, thankfully, the vast majority of people respect that right.

“In cases such as the one involving Ms Howard, we will always support any police investigation so that justice is done.”

Ambulance trust chief executive Robert Morton said: “It is appalling that some people are violent towards our staff when they are trying to help and provide the best possible care to patients. There’s no excuse for attacks on our staff or damage to vehicles and equipment.”

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