Devon

Exeter man Thomas Sherred jailed for paramedic knife attack

A patient who swiped a paramedic's chest with a 18cm hunting knife in Devon has been jailed for 20 weeks.

Thomas Sherred, 51 of Mount Wear, Exeter, was being treated for a rapid heart rate when he launched the attack.

As Robert Howe and Donna Lawson treated him, he said "I've got something for you" and pulled out the knife.

Exeter Magistrates' Court heard that Mr Howe alerted police and was unhurt. Sherred, who has terminal liver cancer, admitted assault.

'Borrowed time'

Mr Howe told the court he sensed danger when Sherred made the comment but said the patient was "too fat" to get out of his chair and jump at them.

Sherred told police he had drunk a bottle of vodka and four cans of lager before the attack in July.

He said he only meant to hurt himself and not the paramedics.

Defence lawyer James Rickard said Sherred was "a very ill man on borrowed time" and might only have months to live.

The magistrates described the incident as "an unacceptable and unpleasant attack".

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