A top student jailed for a drunken attack on a paramedic is to appeal against her sentence.
Melissa Massey, 20, was given an eight-week prison term after admitting she thumped ambulance worker Ann Sumner and tearing out clumps of her hair as she tended to her on a city centre pavement during a drunken night out.
Massey’s solicitor confirmed that the Oxford Brookes University student, of Pendle Road, Denton, is lodging an appeal against the sentence, which was handed down by District Judge Alan Berg at Manchester magistrates’ court on Monday.
A bail hearing will take place at Manchester Crown Court, which could see Massey released from Styal Prison pending the outcome of the appeal hearing, a date for which has yet to be set.
Massey, who was expected to graduate with a first-class degree this summer,
already owed her life to medics after being knocked over by a drunk driver and undergoing brain surgery, aged 11.
Her solicitor Alastair Reid, of Mary Monson Solicitors, confirmed: “Melissa is appealing against sentence. There will be a bail hearing.”
The attack took place at 1.20am on New Year’s Day and left Ms Sumner – a paramedic of 20 years – shocked, shaken and off work for a month.
The court heard that Massey, who has already won an internship at a London consultancy and was hoping to do a masters’ degree in America, was so drunk she could not remember anything of the incident.
Massey said she was ‘mortified’ by what she had done and wept as she was jailed. Mr Berg told her the courts had to step in to put an end to ‘drunken barbarism’, adding: “If it means sending people to prison by way of an exemplary sentence then so be it.”
He said: “I’m not prepared to allow members of the medical profession to be used as Aunt Sallys and punchbags by drunks.”