A Ministry of Justice adviser who drunkenly punched a paramedic was spared a prison sentence after blaming the attack on free-flowing drinks at an Oxbridge Christmas party.
Why is being drunk a mitigating factor in these offences, when it should be considered an aggravating factor?
Andrew Meads, 52, attacked Craig Cassidy who was trying to treat him after he had been found slumped on the pavement in Kensington with a gash above his eye.
He told the paramedic: “F**k off, I want to go home. If you do not leave me alone I will f**king punch you.”
Meads then punched Mr Cassidy on the right side of his head, on December 17 last year.
He was charged with a new crime of attacking an emergency worker, which was brought in last November to give tougher sentencing powers when paramedics are assaulted.
And that was utterly futile, since there is clearly no obligation on judges to sentence people to it.
Mead’s lawyer, Paul Dillon, told the court Meads had spent the evening catching up with an old friend at the Oxford and Cambridge Club’s Christmas party.
“It was not the sort of party whereby you buy drink,” he said. “As you stand with your empty glass people come to top them up.”
I’ve been to parties like that. If I think I’ve had enough, I say ‘No thanks’. No-one’s ever forced it down my throat.
Mr Dillon said Meads, from Reigate, is facing disciplinary proceedings at the Ministry of Justice, where he works as an economics adviser, and the case is “going to have huge consequences” for his job.
I bet it doesn’t.
And if you pause during your working day to consider why the MoJ is not fit for purpose, consider their apparent hiring policy which attracts whiny, pathetic man-children like this one.
Meads, a York and Bath University graduate who has worked for the MoJ since 2014, told the court he lost track of his drinking while in deep conversation with his friend.
He added: “I have a stressful job, it has been stressful now for two years. It was the end of a very stressful day. I came in that day as part of my job to do some work — some legislation. I had a huge amount of stuff dumped on me. My day, particularly in the afternoon, became extremely stressful.”
You know who really has a ‘stressful’ job? A paramedic who has to deal with morons who can’t hold their drink.