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The retired engineer who called an ambulance to his home has slammed the sentence handed down to Kirsty Sharman, the woman who was sentenced yesterday for verbally abusing paramedics.
Brian Heath requested an ambulance to his home in Tunstall, Stoke-on-Trent this past weekend after his wife Christine - who suffers from COPD - developed breathing difficulties. Christine is still receiving treatment for her condition in hospital.
Sharman was ordered to pay a fine of £120 ($167), as well as a victim surcharge of £30 ($42) and £135 ($188) costs after being convicted of a public order offence against the medics, while a charge of breaching a restraining order was dropped.
"This is the fourth time she [Sharman] has been arrested - we are at wit's end," Heath told the Metro.
Sharman was arrested after West Midlands Ambulance Service circulated a picture of a note she was found to have left on an ambulance parked in a resident's bay.
She was also convicted for verbally abusing the medics, and was initially accused of breaching an order imposed on her to 'ongoing difficulties' with her neighbours.
The note read: "If this van is for anyone but Number 14 then you have no right to be parked here.
"I couldn't give a shit if the whole street collasped (sic). Now move your van from outside my house."
The abuse was not initially reported to Staffordshire Police, who decided to take action after seeing the details of the incident doing the rounds on Twitter.
A photo of the note was originally circulated by West Midlands Ambulance Service paramedic mentor Katie Tudor and quickly went viral, with many people reacting angrily to the story.
"So upset to be sent this by one of our crews this morning!" Katie captioned the photo. "Along with this note left on their ambulance, they received a load of verbal abuse!"
The paramedics who were abused by Sharman later went on British breakfast show This Morning to tell their side of the story.
CHECK OUT THE PARAMEDICS WHO RECEIVED SHARMAN'S NOTE ON THIS MORNING:
Heath explained that due to the restraining order imposed upon Sharman, Sharman was bound to keep the peace with the Heaths and other neighbours while also being banned from a street in the area.
Heath added that Sharman has a habit of staying up until the early hours and abusing her neighbours which has made her a 'regular' pick-up for the police.
Heath said that Sharman's behaviour has made her the subject of visits from neighbours, with some neighbours even putting through her windows.
"She might be all ladylike but when she starts, she starts. We are called 'grasses' any time the police come," Heath said.
"It doesn't matter if other people in the street phone them, it's us, we are grasses. We have had food thrown up our door, she has kicked the door, she spat all down the door."
"She said, 'If you don't keep your effing mouth shut it will be more than spit on your door.'"
Heath said he apologised to the paramedics while Sharman was abusing them as she kept opening and slamming a door and giving them a volley of verbal abuse.
Despite Sharman's conviction yesterday, Health expressed doubt that it will make much of a difference to the quality of his or his wife's life, saying she has 'taken our lives over'.
"She will do whatever she wants and the law to it proves it, she is back. The police have done a wonderful job but we were let down by the courts.
"The fine won't make any difference, I am not holding my breath."
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