Woman ordered to pay compensation after attacks

A HADDENHAM woman who drunkenly punched two paramedics as they attempted to treat her was ordered to pay compensation by a judge this week.

A HADDENHAM woman who drunkenly punched two paramedics as they attempted to treat her was ordered to pay compensation by a judge this week.

District judge Ken Sheraton told Gillian Skipp that she would be required to pay a total of �150 to her two victims after she pleaded guilty to two counts of assault.

Judge Sheraton also warned the 49-year-old to stay out of trouble as she handed a 12-month conditional discharge.

Cambridge Magistrate’s Court heard that Skipp, of Northumbria Close, had planned to meet with her daughter at the Tescos superstore in Ely on May 7 but collapsed shortly after arrival and an ambulance was called to treat her.


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Paramedic Claire Dunham was first on the scene and reported finding 49-year-old Skipp lying on the floor smelling strongly of alcohol. At first Skipp was unresponsive but she quickly came around and, without warning, punched Dunham in the face.

Skipp was swearing and continued to be abusive to Dunham before punching her in the face again, knocking her glasses off.

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Police were called and Skipp was taken to Parkside Police Station in Cambridge after her arrest.

A second parademic, Kate Hawksworth, was asked to asses Skipp at the station after her condition worsened but the 49-year-old lashed out again, hitting the paramedic on the hand and arm.

Mitigating for Skipp, Elfreda Safo said: “Her life is a very frightening and difficult one and she has a carer.

“On the day of the incident her carer wasn’t around so for dutch courage she decided to drink three glasses of brandy in order to get on the bus and go and see her daughter. She has been shown the CCTV of the incident and was upset and ashamed.”

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