Student paramedic sexually assaulted while treating man in King’s Lynn ambulance

Arturas Gilys leaving Lynn magistrates' court. Picture David Bale

Arturas Gilys leaving Lynn magistrates' court. Picture David Bale - Credit: Archant

A man sexually assaulted a student paramedic while she was treating him in an ambulance, a court heard.

Arturas Gilys, 27, of Bagge Road, King's Lynn, was jailed for 16 weeks, suspended for two years by Lynn magistrates yesterday, after pleading guilty to sexual assault at an earlier hearing.

Magistrates heard that Gilys was being treated by a paramedic, after being found in an alleyway near a school in Lynn, when the incident occurred on August 14.

Sally Rose, prosecuting, said: 'She was giving him an ECG in an ambulance when he grabbed and squeezed her right breast.

'She was surprised and said that was unacceptable. He then attempted to grab her bottom. The defendant said in police interview he was very drunk.'

In a victim statement, the paramedic said it had made her feel 'very uneasy'.

Probation officer Sharon Cooper told the court there were some cultural ideas and interpretations in the pre-sentence report, that she had to flag up to him.

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Speaking through a Lithuanian interpreter, Gilys, who was not represented, said: 'I would only like to apologise'.

Chairman of the bench, Louise Gayton said: 'This is a very serious offence on a public servant called to help you.

'It took place in a confined space and the victim had no means of escape.'

Gilys must do the rehabilitation activity requirement for 45 days, and pay £200 compensation to the victim.

He was also ordered to pay costs of £85, a victim surcharge of £115, and he was placed on the Sex Offenders' Register for seven years.

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