A 34-YEAR-OLD man has been jailed for punching a paramedic dealing with an emergency call-out in Dunfermline.

The ambulance was there to help assailant Christopher Taylor, of Dundonald Park, Cardenden, currently a prisoner at Perth.

Taylor appeared at Dunfermline Sheriff Court via video-link from jail.

He admitted previously that on March 26, at Queensferry Road, Dunfermline, he assaulted a paramedic who was responding in emergency circumstances and trying to provide medical treatment, by punching him.

Depute fiscal Amy Sneddon said that at 11.25pm, police had been contacted by a bus driver who was concerned about the welfare of an intoxicated passenger.

An ambulance was called and a paramedic was trying to persuade Taylor to go to hospital.

“He was reluctant to go and then punched the paramedic in the stomach,” added the depute.

Defence solicitor Alexander Flett said: “He has no recollection of the incident because he had been consuming alcohol.”

Taylor is currently serving a jail sentence imposed for another matter in May and was due to be released in December.

However, Sheriff Francis Gill imposed a consecutive 11-week jail term for this latest offence.