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Gourock teenager in paramedic sex attack in ambulance

Glasgow Sheriff Court
Image caption Freeman's solicitor argued the attack was not sexually motivated

A teenager from Inverclyde has been convicted of sexually assaulting a paramedic in the back of an ambulance.

Kenneth Freeman, 19, from Gourock, attacked the 41-year-old woman while he was being taken to hospital in Glasgow with a head injury in July last year.

Glasgow Sheriff Court heard how porters had to pull him off his victim.

Sheriff John Baird deferred sentence on Freeman until next month. He was released on bail and placed on the sex offenders register.

Freeman admitted assaulting the paramedic on 6 July last year.

His lawyer Alasdair Hendry tried to argue that the assault was not sexual in a bid to stop Freeman being placed on the sex offenders register.

A proof in mitigation was heard, but Sheriff Baird said that there was not any doubt that the attack was sexual.

The court heard that Freeman had been on a night out at Viper nightclub in Great Western Road when he suffered a head injury and club staff called for an ambulance.

'Repeated punches'

During the proof in mitigation, the paramedic, who cannot be named for legal reasons, said that she decided to take Freeman to the hospital and sat in the back with him while her colleague drove.

She recalled how Freeman asked several times if she would like to be his mistress, despite telling him that he was acting inappropriately.

The paramedic said Freeman then took his seatbelt off, pinned her down, removed her fleece and ID badge, and attacked her.

The woman said there were "repeated punches" to her head, and that Freeman placed his face against her breasts and tried to bite her.

The victim had to be treated for scratches to her head and an elbow injury and was off work for eight weeks after the attack.

Freeman told the court that he had no recollection of being in the ambulance at all.

His lawyer tried to argue that he had suffered a head injury that was causing him to act in this way but Sheriff Baird refused to accept that this reduced the sexual element of the assault.

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