Ministry of Justice adviser assaulted paramedic after he got drunk at Christmas party, court hears

Ministry of Justice adviser assaulted paramedic after he got drunk at Christmas party, court hears

A Ministry of Justice adviser assaulted a paramedic who came to his aid after he drunkenly fell over after a Christmas party at the Oxford and Cambridge Club, a court heard.

Andrew Meads, 52, who is the department’s deputy chief economist, was seen stumbling around Marlborough Palace, Kensington, on December 17, following drinks at the university club.

Paramedic Craig Cassidy found the government aide slumped on a pavement wearing a blood-stained shirt with a gash above his eye, Westminster Magistrates Court heard.

Police were called after Meads threatened to punch Mr Cassidy as he received treatment.

After he was handcuffed and taken inside an ambulance, Meads’ hands were freed briefly while his wounds were being tended to, the court heard.

However, Mr Cassidy was punched in the right temple after he leaned forward. As PC Nikhil Patel restrained Meads, the officer was told: “Take these f****** handcuffs off or I will f****** kill you.”

The York and Bath University graduate, who represented himself at Westminster Magistrates Court, formerly worked at the treasury but has been employed by the Ministry of Justice since 2014.

Meads, of Lesbourne Road, Reigate, told the court he used to go out four or five times a week but has reduced this to only a few nights year.

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