A MAN has appeared in court after he attacked the trainee paramedic sent to help him.

Tomasz Delgiado admitted assaulting Liam Hurds, a student at the University of Worcester, last December.

Mr Hurds was working with another paramedic when they were called to Delgiado’s home in Worcester Road, Malvern, after his housemate became concerned he had taken an overdose. When they arrived they discovered 40-year-old Delgiado had taken a mix of alcohol and tablets.

Matt Dodson, prosecuting, told the court everything was calm as the two paramedics began their initial observations but when Mr Hurds checked Delgiado’s pulse, he started to get agitated.

Without warning Delgiado leant forward in his chair and Mr Hurds saw a clenched fist flying towards his face.

He froze, and the fist connected with his left cheek – before Delgiado struck out a further two times.

The two paramedics then worked quickly to restrain Delgiado before he was taken to Worcestershire Royal Hospital’s casualty department under police escort.

Delgiado admitted the offence once police interviewed him, but said he had epilepsy and would black out during fits, then wake up terrified.

He said this was what happened on this occasion, and he “deeply regretted” hitting Mr Hurds.

Deputy district judge David Miller said: “Somebody who punches people who serve the public – particularly paramedics and particularly in this case, when it was three punches described as hard punches to the face – can generally expect to go into prison.

"But the probation service can do a report on how best to sentence you first.”

Delgiado will reappear at Worcester Magistrates Court for sentencing on Friday, August 27.