A Birmingham man has been banged up for six months after he repeatedly spat at three police officers after claiming that he had COVID-19.
The courts have come down hard on anyone who has been convicted of spitting/coughing on ‘key workers’ & emergency services/NHS personnel with the vast majority of convicts being given a custodial sentence.
41-year-old Christopher Harris lashed out at the three officers as they tried to arrest him at his home in Stechford on 27th March.
The police wanted Harris on a recall prison. But as officers tried to take him into custody, he told them that he had ‘corona’ before trying to spit at them.
Thankfully, the officers had a spit hood with them, which was placed on Harris. But even though, with the spit hood on, Harris’s spit would only land on his own face, he continued to try and cover them with salvia.
Harris later refused to leave his cell for a court hearing, telling officers that he was ‘self-isolating’.
The court hearing was eventually held via video-link.
Harris was sentenced at Birmingham Magistrates Court to 26 weeks in jail for three counts of assaulting a police officer.
PC Scott Dent of the Birmingham East neighbourhood team said:
“This sentencing is a clear sign that using coronavirus as a weapon will not be tolerated.
“As officers, we will always act to ensure we protect the general public and ourselves from those who behave in this totally unacceptable manner.”