A man who sexually assaulted an ambulance worker who was summoned to assist him was sentenced to more than three years in prison.
In the back of the ambulance, James Macky abused the emergency care worker sexually before urinating on tools that could save lives.
After someone contacted 999 to offer assistance to Macky, 58, last summer, the ambulance staff was able to save him.
He also insulted the emergency worker while on the way to Poole Hospital in Dorset and damaged the ambulance, rendering it useless for 36 hours while it was thoroughly cleaned and fixed.
Macky, from London, appeared at Bournemouth crown court where he was sentenced for sexual assault, criminal damage, and causing racially aggravated fear or provocation of violence.
The victim, who works for the South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust and can’t be named for legal reasons, said: ‘I do my job simply because I want to make a difference. I come to work each day to offer treatment, care, and comfort to those in greatest need.
‘When I arrived for my shift, I did not expect to be spat at, sexually assaulted, and subjected to threatening behaviour, appalling racial remarks and misogynistic comments.
‘This individual showed utter contempt towards me and my fellow crew members who were simply trying to do their jobs.
‘Unfortunately, these incidents are becoming more prevalent, and no one should feel afraid to come to work.
‘Luckily, I was wearing a body camera, which captured the assault and the footage was used as evidence.
‘I would like to thank my senior officers for their support and commitment to me during this difficult time.’
On top of his prison sentence of three years and two months, Macky will also be put on the sex offenders register for life.
Alan Packwood, from the ambulance trust, said: ‘What happened to our female crew member is shocking and completely unacceptable. James Macky assaulted them while they were trying to help him.
‘The criminal damage to the ambulance resulted in the vehicle being taken off the road, at a time when the service was already stretched.
‘As an organisation we will prosecute any individual who assaults or abuses one of our people while they are at work. Please help us to help you and treat them with the dignity and respect they deserve.’