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Qld ambo punch accused granted bail

AAP logoAAP 19/12/2016 Ed Jackson

A Gold Coast man accused of punching a paramedic in the chest will be free to spend Christmas with his terminally-ill mother.

Jason Coates, 27, was granted bail in Southport Magistrates Court on Monday after making a brief appearance on a charge of serious assault of a person performing lawful duty.

Coates is accused of punching the paramedic after an ambulance was called to a Burleigh Waters address in the early hours of Monday morning.

The court heard Coates, who had been drinking at a Christmas party, had fallen down some stairs at the property.

Police allege when paramedics tried to ask him what happened, he became aggressive.

Following a brief scuffle, Coates is accused of punching the paramedic in the chest with a closed hand.

The ambulance officer showed no visible injuries but was taken to hospital for a check up after complaining of soreness, the court heard.

Duty Lawyer Alana Davie told the court Coates was seeking bail to travel to Sydney for Christmas with his mother, who has cancer.

Magistrate Joan White granted bail on the condition Coates doesn't make contact with the alleged victim and the matter has been adjourned until January 19.

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