James Haberfield avoids prison despite a drug-driven attack on ambulance personnel after Rainbow Serpent
Criminal who attacked a female paramedic after taking a cocktail with medication at a bushdof is SAVED prison
- James Haberfield avoided the prison sentence despite attacking paramedics
- He ran away a free man from Melbourne Magistrates Court on Wednesday
- Paramedic Monica Woods was hit in the face during an attack in January
- She was left with a post-traumatic stress disorder and did not return to work
James Haberfield (photo) attacked a female paramedic after he & # 39; an abundance of drugs & # 39; had been used at Victoria & # 39; s Rainbow Serpent festival in January
Paramedics fear that it will take a death before they are protected after a man has avoided a mandatory prison sentence for a drug-driven attack on ambulance officers.
James Haberfield attacked a female paramedic after using & # 39; an abundance of drugs & # 39; at the Rainbow Serpent festival in January in Victoria.
The 22-year-old became the first person under new Victorian laws to be struck with a mandatory treatment order for attacking rescuers.
But in a movement that made social workers furious, Haberfield avoided a minimum of six months' imprisonment on Wednesday, which was also required under the new laws that came into force in October.
Paramedic Monica Woods, who cried in court when the sentence was pronounced, has not returned to work since the attack and suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder and anxiety.
Victorian Ambulance Union Secretary Danny Hill said aid workers had been informed that the courts were not behind them.
& # 39; Will it cost the death of a paramedic before the government takes action? & # 39; he said after the sentence.
Paramedic Monica Woods (photo), who cried in court when the sentence was pronounced, has stopped working since the attack and suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder and anxiety
Prime Minister Daniel Andrews said that the Director of the Public Prosecution Service should urgently consider appealing the sentence.
& # 39; Our thoughts are with the victims of this completely unacceptable attack & # 39 ;, he said in a statement.
Melbourne Magistrates Court was told that Haberfield is in an & # 39; acute psychotic state & # 39; was missing after the four-day alternative music and art festival, in which he & # 39; a cocktail of drugs & # 39; used, including ice cream, MDMA and ketamine.
The university student knocked on the door of a Coburg house, walked in, and frightened the residents who were unknown to him.
When the ambulance arrived to pick him up, Haberfield slammed Mrs. Woods in the face and put her in a headlock, pinched and pressed her into the back corner of the ambulance.
Colleague paramedic Sam Smith avoided the punches from Haberfield, pressed the coercion button on the vehicle and numbed the youth.
Magistrate Simon Zebrowski said that Haberfield's (pictured) reduced mental state that day was not only due to self-inflicted intoxication, because he had pre-existing autism spectrum disorder and a major depressive disorder
Haberfield stayed in the hospital for more than a week.
Mrs. Woods got a whip on her head and neck, a hematoma and swelling on her cheek, as well as her psychological trauma.
Magistrate Simon Zebrowski said that the reduced mental state of Haberfield that day was not only due to self-poisoning, because he had pre-existing autism spectrum disorder and a major depressive disorder.
He said that Haberfield, in a psychotic state, had a delusion that his safety was in danger after the & # 39; cornucopia of illegal drugs & # 39; he had taken.
A psychiatric expert said he has an & # 39; acute risk & # 39; would run on suicide in prison.
Mr. Zebrowski said that sending the & # 39; sore, appalled and deeply ashamed & # 39; young man to prison & # 39; would have a disproportionate and catastrophic effect on his future.
& # 39; The message must be sent to the community that health care professionals are not punching bags & he said, before ordering Haberfield for 18 months of community correction, including mental health and drug treatment.
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