Emergency workers assaulted in Mildura

A MAN who assaulted emergency workers as they tried to help him has been ordered to complete unpaid community work to make amends for his crime.

Michael Keil faced the Mildura Magistrates’ Court yesterday, where he pleaded guilty to the assault that took place in the early hours of May 19 at the Mildura RSL.

The court heard Keil became “belligerent” towards a paramedic who arrived at the club to help him after he had an epileptic fit.

Keil abused police who also arrived and told them to arrest him before shoulder barging the ambulance officer.

Keil shaped up to police and pulled a radio from an officer’s vest before resisting attempts to handcuff him.

He later told police he only remembered that he “had an epileptic fit and blacked out”.

Keil’s lawyer Bert Hilton-Wood told the court his client had “just wanted to be left alone for a few moments to gather himself” when the emergency workers arrived at the RSL.

“He has a moment there where he’s not quite lucid,” Mr Hilton-Wood said.

However, Magistrate Michael Coghlan questioned Keil’s past history, which included offences for assaulting emergency workers and resisting police.

“I think the community are sick of this behaviour, quite frankly, and aggression towards emergency workers, aggression towards police, who are simply there to help them,” Mr Coghlan said.

Keil was given six months to complete 80 hours of unpaid work.

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