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Jailed for ‘covid cough’ on police officer

Man, 55, is found guilty of ‘an assault on an emergency worker’

03 April, 2020 — By Tom Foot

Adam Lewis

A MAN has been jailed for six months after threatening to infect a police constable with coronavirus.

Adam Lewis, 55, was sentenced at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday after being convicted of “an assault on an emergency worker”.

He threatened to cough on the PC after he was stopped and questioned about shifty behaviour.

The Met said that Mr Lewis told him: “I am covid and I am going to cough in your face and you will get it.”

He then coughed on the PC, who was trying to keep him at arm’s reach, making no attempt to shield his mouth.

He later attempted to spit in the policeman’s face and threatened to bite him.

The policeman had been flagged down by a member of the public, in Westminster, who had seen Mr Lewis trying several parked car doors.

He was arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm, and taken into custody at a central London police station, before being sentenced at the magistrates’ court.

Chief Superintendent Helen Harper, from the Area West Command Unit, said: “My officers are doing everything they can to keep the public safe and police to the very best of their abilities – and we are appreciate that the vast majority of people are making every effort to comply with the measures the government has introd­uced.

“While these types of assault are thankfully a rare occurrence, this incident was horrendous.

“And if we do encounter this type of unacceptable behaviour we will be robust in our response.

“I hope the sentence today conveys a strong message that it will not be tolerated.”

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