Ipswich: Woman, 55, guilty of hitting paramedic with claw hammer

The alleged attack took place in Roundwood Road, Ipswich

The alleged attack took place in Roundwood Road, Ipswich

A woman who hit a paramedic on the hand with a claw hammer has been warned that she faces a jail sentence.

Emma Cornford, 37, went to Patricia Gosling’s flat in Roundwood Road, Ipswich, after she called 999 complaining of chest pains, Ipswich Crown Court heard.

During 55-year-old Gosling’s trial at Ipswich Crown Court Miss Cornford said after examining the defendant she had given her the all-clear but advised her to see her GP.

“She shouted ‘doctors don’t care about me’ and got very upset and verbal. She was very agitated from that point onwards.

“She said ‘I would like to hit you with a hammer’, said Miss Cornford. “She then reached behind the chair and came up with a claw hammer, and tried to hit me over the head with it.”


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The court heard the claws of the hammer went into the palm of Miss Cornford’s hand as she shielded herself and that she was struck on the back as she ran away down a hallway.

Gosling denied wounding Miss Cornford with intent to cause her grievous bodily harm on November 26 but was found guilty after a two-day trial. She had pleaded guilty to a less serious charge of unlawful wounding.

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Judge John Devaux adjourned sentencing for three weeks for a probation report but said a prison sentence was “inevitable”.

The court heard that Gosling had a history of mental health problems.

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