Senior Ministry of Justice official could face jail for punching paramedic who helped when he fell down drunk

Andrew Meads, 52, was restrained by PC Nikhil Patel while he shouted ‘take these f****** handcuffs off or I will f****** kill you’

A SENIOR Ministry of Justice official could face jail for punching a paramedic who helped when he fell down drunk.

Deputy chief economist Andrew Meads, 52 — bleeding from hitting his head after drinking at a Christmas party — told Craig Cassidy: “If you do not leave me alone I will f****** punch you.’’

Police were called and handcuffed Meads and helped to bundle him into the back of an ambulance.

Freeing his hands briefly so he could treat him, Mr Cassidy leant forward, but Meads punched the paramedic to the right temple, the court heard.

PC Nikhil Patel restrained him and was told: ‘’Take these f****** handcuffs off or I will f****** kill you.’’

Meads, representing himself, told the court he worked for the Ministry of Justice.

Meads told the court he used to go out four or five times a week but has reduced this to only a few nights year.

He said: ‘’I have a stressful job it has been stressful now for two years. It was the end of a very stressful day.

‘‘I came in that day as part of my job to do some work – some legislation. I had a huge amount of stuff dumped on me. My day, particularly in the afternoon, became extremely stressful.’’

Meads says he has no idea why he reacted in the way he did.

He said : ‘’I was horrified with myself. It was like somebody else being described. I had no idea why I was doing it.’’

Married Meads who lives in a £800,000 home in Surrey admitted one offence of assaulting an emergency worker, being drunk and disorderly in a public place and using insulting words to cause alarm.

He is due to be sentenced on Thursday.

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