A female paramedic who was brutally attacked at work says her attacker & # 39; as a victim & # 39; is treated after he has escaped a prison sentence.
James Haberfield, 22, slapped Monica Woods in the face after he & # 39; an abundance of drugs & # 39; had been consuming at Victoria & # 39; s Rainbow Serpent festival in January.
On Wednesday, Haberfield became the first person under new Victorian laws to be struck with a mandatory treatment order for attacking rescuers.
However, he avoided a minimum prison sentence of six months, also required under the new laws, which came into force in October.
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
Mrs. Woods, who was crying in court when the sentence was pronounced, has not returned to work since the attack and is suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and anxiety.
The young female paramedic has since broken her silence and believes that the justice system has abandoned both herself and her fellow care givers.
& # 39; You work in an office and you do not expect you to be attacked, slapped in the face or attached to the desk … we have the right to go to work and be safe and this guy has taken me through his career for the moment, & she said 3AW & # 39; s Neil Mitchell.
Ms. Woods said she was deeply disappointed in the result and claims that the & # 39; catastrophic consequences & # 39; Mr. Haberfield had gone unnoticed by the paramedics.
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
She is not currently working on the road as an operational paramedic and admitted that she does not know when she will have the courage to go back on the road.
& # 39; I think he (Haberfield) has been treated here as the victim and I have had catastrophic consequences for myself, & # 39; she said.
& # 39; There is no punishment for putting drugs in his system, slapping me in the face and pushing me in the back of the ambulance. & # 39;
The young paramedic is disappointed because she believed the mandatory conviction to be a & # 39; safety buffer & # 39; was for caregivers to feel that they were safe at work.
Mrs. Woods confessed that during the incident she feared for her life because she was defenseless, her only reaction was screaming.
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.
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.
Ms. Woods said she was deeply disappointed in the result and claims that the & # 39; catastrophic consequences & # 39; Haberfield had gone unnoticed by the paramedics
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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