AN Albury man who blamed an ambulance officer for the death of his brother in the 1980s was yesterday given a seven-month suspended sentence for threatening to kill two paramedics earlier this year.
Christopher King appeared for sentencing in Albury Local Court on two counts of intimidation after the preparation of a pre-sentence report.
King, 44, of Crisp Street, pleaded guilty to the charges last month but not guilty of throwing a beer stubby at an ambulance carrying the two paramedics. The suspended sentence was imposed by magistrate Megan Greenwood.
The paramedics were called to a unit in Crisp Street about 3am on January 22, but the person who sought their assistance said it was no longer required.
As they were walking back to their vehicle, the paramedics were approached by King.
He was wearing a dark-coloured shirt, with torn jeans, was carrying a beer stubby in his right hand and had two others in the pockets of his jeans.
“How am I able to track down an ambulance officer from 1987 and if so, am I able to do it?” King asked.
The two paramedics noticed he was intoxicated and one told him that he would be unable to do it and the person was probably retired.
“Back in ’87, they killed my brother. Refused to treat him and he died,” King said.
One of the paramedics said: “Well, I’m sorry to hear that mate, but there’s not a lot we can do here at the moment”.
King became aggressive, called them dogs and said: “I’ll kill you”.
He gestured with his fingers in the shape of a pistol, pointed at both victims separately towards their head.
At that point, King was no more than one metre from them.
The paramedics got in their vehicle and heard King say something like: “I’ll bash you”.
They locked the doors of the vehicle and contacted ambulance control seeking police help.
King was at the front of their vehicle yelling and waving his arms around as the ambulance reversed out.
The paramedics parked across the road waiting for police.
When officers arrived, the paramedics identified King, who was arrested and handcuffed.