A MAN accused of attacking a paramedic who was treating him - grabbing his neck during the violence - has pleaded guilty at court.

Stuart Nicholson appeared at Oxford Magistrates' Court today.

The 43-year-old of Botley Road, Oxford admitted at that hearing to one count of assault by beating an emergency worker.

The court heard that the violent episode took place on Monday in Oxford.

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Prosecutor Alex Alawode said the attack happened while in the back of an ambulance.

Paramedics had been called to treat Nicholson who was unconscious and fitting.

He was taken into an ambulance and it was when he regained consciousness that he carried out the violence.

The victim - paramedic Luke Drummond - was 'grabbed around the neck' during the outburst, the court heard.

He managed to rebuff the attack before Nicholson lost consciousness again.

Nicholson went on to accept that he had been smoking cannabis before the assault.

It was also revealed at the hearing that he has a number of previous convictions, including for crimes of racially aggravated public order offences and criminal damage.

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His defence team argued that Nicholson remained subject to post-sentencing supervision following an earlier matter dealt with in December.

As part of that supervision Nicholson has engaged with the National Probation Service with appointments taking place remotely, the court heard.

Presiding Judge Peter Ross said he would adjourn sentencing to tie up with other forthcoming matters that Nicholson faces.

He said that he would otherwise have 'committed' Nicholson to the crown court for final judgement due to the 'insufficient' powers of the magistrates court.

Nicholson will appear again at the same court on August 3.