Ian Shortman had been trying to help after Thomas Duffy called 999 (Picture: MEN)

A man kicked a paramedic in the head when he tried to give his own father medical treatment.

Thomas Duffy , 23, had called 999 to request an ambulance right after his dad collapsed in the street.

But when Ian Shortman, the cyclist response paramedic, arrived at the scene and began to help, Duffy turned on him and began to shout and swear, saying his father didn’ t need help and could get a taxi home.

A court heard today that he had been out drinking all day with their father on December 21 last year, when they were ejected from a bar in Manchester city centre for being too drunk.

After the older man collapsed on Watson Street, Mr Shortman came to his aid and started to treat him on the particular ground, saying he needed in order to go to hospital.

The prosecution told Manchester Magistrates Court: ‘ The defendant took a run up and then rugby kicked [Mr Shortman] with his right foot to the left side of his head and ear, causing him to fall upon the floor and be stunned for around two to three seconds.

He was left feeling disturbed by the incident (Picture: MEN Media)

‘ When he came to, the male had been detained simply by security staff. ’

Police were called and Duffy, of Hyde, was arrested at the scene.

Mr Shortman, 53, was taken to hospital to be checked over but fortunately suffered no serious injury.

Duffy was later charged with assaulting an emergency worker and pleaded guilty when he appeared in Manchester Magistrates Court today.

The case was adjourned for a probation report to be prepared.

Under legislation brought in 2018, Duffy could be sent to the crown court for sentencing and faces up to 12 months in prison for the attack.

In a victim impact statement, Mr Shortman said: ‘ I do this job to help people and I find it disturbing that someone would do this to me.

‘ He called for us to attend plus see his father, I can’ t believe this person kicked me to the head, it could have caused an end to my career, massive consequences and even an end in order to my life.

‘ This is the particular most life threatening situation I have been involved in my 20 years in my career as a paramedic. ’

The court noticed Duffy, who has no previous convictions, made a ‘ full and frank’ confession to police about his actions interview.

He said he was ‘ heavily intoxicated’, having drunk eight or nine pints, when his father fell over and was unconscious.

Duffy stated he remembered an ‘ argument’ with a paramedic and suggested he must have lashed out because he was ‘ overly protective’ of his father.

He has been allowed free on unconditional bail ahead of a sentencing hearing on September 8.

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