Ambulance crew assaulted old man in Spain

TWO ambulance men who reported a 75-year-old man to a court after he reproached them for bad parking have had the tables turned on them and been fined for assault and threatening behaviour. 

A judge in Zaragoza heard that one of the defendants – who are aged 29 and 30 – forcefully pushed a stretcher against the victim, while the other pulled out an iron bar and went towards the man saying: “Come, I’ll leave you…”  

The court was told that the victim had waited more than a quarter of an hour in his car because the medical vehicle blocked the exit of his garage. This was despite there being plenty of room in the street for it to have parked better. The judge was shown a photo to prove this. It was also not an emergency and the ambulance crew were making a routine transfer. 

The defendants, David SC and Victor DA were not amused when the elderly man told them it was “a shame” what they had done. They replied at least twice that they were “authority” and so they could park like that. In this case it was not true, since in order to have such a condition they must be health officials such as medics. 

The Ambuibérica employees then took it further, with David SC striking the victim with the stretcher causing bruises and cuts. 

According to the ruling, his companion Víctor DA went to the ambulance, from which he pulled out an iron bar “which he lifted up a short distance away from the man while shouting at him.” 

The judge heard “resounding” evidence from a caretaker who witnessed the events and confirmed the victim’s version. 

Regarding a prosecution request for the elderly man to be fined for minor offences in response to the ambulancemen’s complaints, judge Rafael Lasala decided their complaint was exaggerated and dismissed the charges. He added that they had said there was “serious danger”, questioning how this could be for two young men up against a 75-year-old who had not struck a blow. 

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Dilip Kuner

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