Pensioner punched ambulanceman helping him after pub fall


A pensioner punched an ambulance technician who tried to treat him after he was injured outside a Dunfermline pub.

The ambulance was called after 68-year-old Patrick Lamont was found lying on the pavement with a cut head outside Tappie Toories bar in Kirkgate.

He was helped to his feet by police and ambulance staff but his behaviour was described as “obnoxious” by one of the constables.

When he was taken inside the ambulance for treatment Lamont lashed out as a thermometer was put in his ear.

Ambulance technician Walter Hutton was punched in the stomach by Lamont who then put up his fists and shouted, “The next one who comes near me gets it.”

Lamont, Ritchie Court, Wellwood, was found guilty of two charges after trial at Dunfermline Sheriff Court.

On 7th May last year at Kirkgate, Dunfermline, he assaulted, obstructed or hindered Walter Hutton, an ambulance technician, by punching him on the body.

He was also found guilty of behaving in a threatening or abusive manner by shouting, swearing and making threats of violence.

Lamont, a first offender, said he had no recollection of the events after buying a pint in the pub until he came around the police station in the early hours of the morning.

He could give no explanation for this, saying he had only consumed “two or three” pints.

Sheriff Charles MacNair called for reports and Lamont will be sentenced on 7th June.

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