A 31-YEAR-OLD man wants to apologise to a paramedic he punched while being treated.
Steven Edward Curzon hit out because he thought he was being attacked when ambulance staff tried to help him on Dene Drive, Winsford.
He appeared before Vale Royal magistrates on Wednesday following an incident on Saturday, September 25 when Curzon was found by police after an alleged assault.
Curzon, of Crossfield Avenue, was slipping in and out of consciousness and had been placed in the recovery position when paramedics, including Steve Hall, attended the scene.
Prosecutor Robin Jones said: 'Mr Hall saw the defendant lying in the street and made the initial assessment.
'The paramedic was crouched down to communicate with him and asked, 'can you open your eyes?' He placed a hand on his shoulder and shook him gently asking 'are you all right?'
'He was still in this position when he was punched in the mouth and jaw area with Mr Curzon's right fist.'
The paramedic suffered a swollen lip and his face remained numb for 'some time'.
Defence solicitor Guy Dodd explained Mr Curzon was 'extremely intoxicated', brought on by drinking after using medication to stop his craving for alcohol.
He said: 'Just before this happened he had been beaten up. When he was being resuscitated he thought he was being subjected to further attacks.'
Mr Dodd said a letter would be written to the paramedic and magistrates gave Curzon a 12-month conditional discharge and ordered him to pay £150 compensation to Mr Hall.
An application for court costs was turned down.