Mum’s jail sentence for ‘degrading’ act towards ambo
An ambulance officer who was trying to help a drunk woman was subjected to a "very degrading" assault.
Candice Eleise Leigh Maree Fisher, 31, received a suspended sentence on Tuesday after she spat on the ambulance officer at Minyama on May 27.
Maroochydore Magistrates Court heard she was on probation when police and paramedics were called to Nicklin Way due to concerns about her state.
Police prosecutor Amanda Brewer described the assault that followed as "lowly and degrading".
Fisher spat at an ambulance officer with saliva landing on the officer's shirt.
"The victim was a female ambulance officer merely going about her duties, trying to assist the defendant as she had concerns with her welfare," Senior Constable Brewer said.
She argued a nine-month jail sentence was appropriate.
Fisher on Tuesday confirmed her guilty plea to five charges including the serious assault of a public officer and obstructing police.
Defence lawyer Luke Bull said Fisher's partner had been jailed two days before the assault.
"She told probation and parole that as a result of this she started drinking," Mr Bull said.
"She was on medication for schizophrenia.
"The combination of medication and alcohol led to her being highly intoxicated and leading to the event in the afternoon."
Mr Bull said Fisher had no previous assaults on her history and said she was remorseful for the incident.
He said she was a mum-of-two who was looking for work.
Magistrate Haydn Stjernqvist considered the seriousness of the offence, Fisher's history and medical documents.
"Both the police and QAS were there to help you and for some reason, in this new world of ours, so often it is a phenomenon that these people are set upon by the very people they are there to help like you did," Mr Stjernqvist said.
"Spitting is a very degrading act.
"That's why you did it."
Mr Stjernqvist said spitting could have a psychological impact on victims because of the risk of disease transmission.
Fisher was sentenced to nine months in jail, suspended immediately for 18 months.
She was fined a total of $1400 for the other offences.