Teenage girl avoids jail for medic attack

A 16-YEAR-OLD girl who launched a vicious attack on a paramedic who was trying to treat her narrowly escaped being sent to prison.

Blood-covered Samantha Cowie lashed out at emergency health service worker Lorraine Cicalese and kicked her on the body.

The attack happened after dozens of police officers, dog handlers, ambulance staff and paramedics attended a drunken incident in West Lothian.

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The teenager was so inebriated after a full day's drinking that she remembered nothing of the attack later, Livingston Sheriff Court heard yesterday.

But her lawyer said she had learned her lesson after being locked up in the cells for more than 12 hours and had given up drinking.

Cowie, 16, pleaded guilty to assaulting the paramedic by kicking her on the body to her injury.

The attack happened at a house in Barton Terrace in Fauldhouse, West Lothian on 30 January this year.

Cowie, of Whiteside, Bathgate, West Lothian, was placed on probation for a year and ordered to carry out 120 hours of unpaid work in the community.