An army officer has been sentenced for assaulting a student in Aldershot after she tried to give him first aid for a head injury
An army officer fell and hit his head in Aldershot before punching a member of the public who tried to give him first aid, a court heard.
At Aldershot Magistrates’ Court on October 24, Sergeant Guman Gurung, 37, admitted assaulting Katherine Castle by beating and acting drunk and disorderly in a public area.
In the early hours of October 5, Miss Castle, a student, had been out with a friend and when she saw Gurung in distress she put him in the recovery position. While they waited for the ambulance, Gurung of Alamein Road, Aldershot, told her he had hit his head and then swung twice at her, striking her in the face and chest as she administered first aid.
Police were called to Costa in Union Street to assist paramedics, said prosecutor Serena Edwards. Gurung was punching wildly in the air and paramedics tried to restrain him.
“The defendant’s behaviour fluctuated from extreme disorderedness and aggression, to screaming, crying and rolling on the floor,” said Miss Edwards. “He was arrested for being drunk and disorderly and two officers went with him in the ambulance as he needed stitches.
"At the hospital Mr Gurung continued shouting and screaming, he would not co-operate and the senior nurse would not admit him.”
In a police interview, Gurung admitted being drunk and said he could not remember anything.
In a statement, the victim, she said she had ‘been in tears’.
“She said she could not stand by and watch someone in need and as she knew first aid she wanted to help,” Miss Edwards said. “The incident has affected her psychologically and she said she would think twice before helping someone else. It has left quite an impact on her.”
Bernard Crick, defending Gurung, described the incident as ‘a tragic case for everybody’.
“He is a soldier in the army, and has three children and an unblemished record,” Mr Crick told the court. “It is appalling and he has accepted that and he is deeply ashamed.”
Lieutenant Robert Gibbs from Aldershot Garrison said he had known Gurung for a year and described him as an immaculate, disciplined, senior, polite and mature sergeant and a proud family man.
“He is a role model to the junior members of the regiment,” Mr Gibbs said. “He has served in Bosnia, Kosovo and Afghanistan and leads 30 soldiers. He has not only let himself down, but those who look up to him.”
Regan Clark, chairman of the bench, told the defedant: “We accept it was out of character and accept your assurances it will not happen again.
“However, you got so drunk, you not only injured yourself but you swung punches at a passer-by. She would reconsider helping again and that is not how society works.
“Your behaviour at the hospital was outrageous, so much so they could not deal with your stitches. However, we recognise it was a one-off.”
Gurung was fined £315 and made to pay compensation of £475, a further £100 compensation to the victim, court costs of £85 and a mandatory court charge of £47.