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12/02/2015 06:19 GMT | Updated 12/02/2015 06:59 GMT

Paramedic, Matt Geary, Stood With Hands In His Pockets As Man, Carl Cope, Lay Dying

Shocking footage has been released showing a paramedic standing with his hands in his pockets while a man lay dying nearby.

Matt Geary, 36, offered little help to Carl Cope as he suffered a heart attack outside an Walsall Manor Hospital's A&E department, as seen in CCTV footage.

A judge at Wolverhampton Crown Court said Geary's actions were "callous and uncaring".

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Matthew Geary

Cope, 47, was brought to the hospital by Geary after dialling 999 and complaining of chest pains. He was left in the A&E "struggling to make himself comfortable and visibly in a lot of pain" on 23 June 2012.

After seven minutes, the man went to a nearby shop to get a drink before collapsing a few feet from the NHS hospital's doors.

Geary sauntered towards Cope with his hands in his pockets without any medical equipment despite being close to his ambulance, the court heard.

He has since resigned from the West Midlands Ambulance Service, having wrongly assumed the dying man was simply drunk.

Cope was left slumped against a bin as Geary summoned security staff and chatted about football, the prosecutor said.

When security staff arrived five minutes later, Cope was showing no signs of life.

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Carl Cope

Expert evidence indicated the chances of survival would have been much higher if Cope had received proper treatment.

Geary was given an eight month suspended sentence and ordered to complete 240 hours of community service.

He was one of five staff members arrested on suspicion of manslaughter following the incident, but the charge had to be dropped because Cope may not have survived his cardiac arrest.

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Geary was charged with health and safety violations

"We couldn't move forward with a manslaughter prosecution so we began to investigate what other offences may have been committed," Detective Inspector Justin Spanner said.

"Three people - Geary, another ambulance worker and a nurse - who were no longer working in their jobs as a result of the initial investigation, were then charged with failing to discharge their duties in taking care of the health and safety of Carl Cope."

Cope's family said: "Nobody should ever have to go through what we have endured for the past two-and-a-half years.

"It's hard to lose a loved one but to lose a loved one under such tragic circumstances has had a devastating effect on our family.

"We still can't understand what happened to him that day and none of us can come to terms with the loss that someone - who was such a big part of our family - was taken from us so unneccesarily."

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