Queensland

Airport Link paramedic assault accused released on bail

A Brisbane man accused of assaulting a paramedic originally sent to revive him has walked free from court.

Queensland Ambulance Service Assistant Commissioner Chris Broomfield labelled the alleged assault on a 24-year-old ambulance worker in the Airport Link Tunnel at Kedron a "disgraceful act".

Queensland Ambulance Service Assistant Commissioner Chris Broomfield spoke out after a recent spate of bashings, saying ...
Queensland Ambulance Service Assistant Commissioner Chris Broomfield spoke out after a recent spate of bashings, saying one paramedic assault is too many. Photo: Jorge Branco

"One assault is too many," he said.

"Any assault against a paramedic police officer, any health worker, for that matter, anyone in the public is one too many."

Louis William Hancock after leaving Brisbane Magistrates Court on Saturday morning.
Louis William Hancock after leaving Brisbane Magistrates Court on Saturday morning. Photo: Nine News

Louis William Hancock, 22, walked out of Brisbane Magistrates Court on Saturday morning after being released on bail following his arrest overnight.

He was alleged to have punched the paramedic in the face after they were called to his home in Everton Park about 10.30pm to reports of an unconscious patient.

Assistant Commissioner Broomfield said the ambulance arrived to find Mr Hancock not unconscious but in an "altered state of consciousness".

The paramedics treated him at the scene before taking him to hospital.

Mr Hancock allegedly became "aggressive" in the back of the ambulance as it was travelling through the Airport Link tunnel, causing the officers to pull over.

When they opened the door he allegedly jumped out and punched the 24-year-old in the face.

Mr Broomfield said the paramedic suffered a soft tissue injury to his eye but was "fine" and continued working for the night.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Matt Kahler didn't oppose bail when Mr Hancock appeared in the Brisbane Magistrates Court dressed in a watchhouse-issued tracksuit on Saturday morning, charged with the serious assault of a public officer and one count of assault or obstruct police.

He was allowed to return to his mother's house in Everton Park to return to court for a summary callover on February 10.

The bashing of Gold Coast paramedic Brad Johnson in December sparked calls for a taskforce to investigate the rising number of assaults.

Mr Broomfield poured cold water on suggestions paramedics should carry tasers but was open to the possibility of increased surveillance in ambulances provided it didn't interrupt patient care.

"Everyone has their right to their opinion but what we are after is the best way to be able to manage a patient whether that be a change of work practices or whatever that might be but we don't want to really arm our staff at all," he said.

QAS data listed 247 "occupational violence incidents" last financial year, 40 more than the previous period.

Of those, 170 were described as deliberate attacks.

QAS media and communications director Michael Augustus said a QAS internal working working group was expanded to become a government taskforce after the brad johnson incident and would report back to the health minister's office in the first half of this year.

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