he was found in a similar state and he molested a paramedic
Muhammad Ashraf, aged 38, of Rochdale, was jailed for 12 months after he molested and assaulted paramedics and security staff.
He attacked them after being found collapsed in the street due to being intoxicated.
Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court heard that he had groped a female paramedic, grabbing her bottom.
Ashraf then tried to fight a second paramedic. When he was taken to Fairfield General, he continued to be aggressive and was abusive to security guards there.
Police were called and he was violent towards them. He tightly squeezed a security guard’s hand and refused to let go.
Ashraf was arrested and taken to a police station, where he kicked out at a police officer, injuring his leg.
He was released on bail. Weeks later, he was found in a similar state and he molested a paramedic who was trying to come to his aid.
The prosecutor, Kath Johnson, said that the first set of incidents happened on January 17, 2020, and the second set occurred on March 30.
When he was interviewed, Ashraf insisted that he had little recollection of the incidents due to his drunken state.
Roger Brown, defending, said his client’s marriage had ended and he had just been released from a temporary job at JD Sports.
Mr Brown said:
“This is someone who got himself so drunk that he was effectively incapable.”
He told the court that Ashraf would lose his accommodation if he lost his liberty. He also said he was capable of being rehabilitated in the community.
Ashraf pleaded guilty to two offences of sexual assault, five charges of assaulting an emergency worker and being drunk and disorderly in a public place.
Judge Maurice Greene said: “Paramedics and police officers have every right to expect to go about their duties without the fear of being attacked by people who cannot control their drinking.”
The judge said the “catalogue of offending” and the aggravating features, including the sexual assault on a paramedic in a confined space, it must be immediate custody.
Ashraf was told that he must sign the sex offenders’ register for seven years.
Bury Times reported that there have been a number of medics who have been assaulted at Fairfield General in recent weeks.
One Whitefield man received a suspended prison sentence and another Prestwich man was jailed for similar behaviour.
Security bosses from the Northern Care Alliance have stressed that they will continue to support staff facing violence from disruptive patients.