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A thug has been jailed for 26 weeks after he claimed he had coronavirus and would infect a police officer with it after spitting and coughing at her.
David Mott will now spend the next 26 weeks in jail. Police Sergeant Linda Haywood has spoke to him about breaking the new social distance rules when he turned on her.
Drunken Mott lost his temper when the sergeant told him to back away when he came towards her on Tuesday in Blackburn, Lancs.
Sgt Haywood said: “The utter contempt he showed toward me both as a police officer and a fellow human being disgusts me.”
She added: “We as police officers are here to protect the public and should not be exposed to unnecessary risks in doing so by mindless acts such as Mr Mott displayed.”
Mott was with two other people when he was challenged by police.
He admitted using threatening behaviour, possessing an offensive weapon and possession of cannabis at Blackburn Magistrates Court.
Cops stopped a taxi that Mott was travelling in with two others. He refused to fo back away when he was challenged by Sgt Haywood.
Prosecutor Peter Bardsley said: ‘He said he wasn’t moving away and if she tried to do anythaing he would just cough and spit at her.
‘He then proceeded to do just that and she was forced to pepper-spray him. She then pushed him away.
‘He was clearly aware that Covid-19 was transmitted by coughing and spitting and put the officer in fear for her personal safety.’
The Crown Prosecution Service has warned that it would prosecute anyone who coughs on emergency services in the current crisis and face up to a year in jail.
Darren Rafferty, 45, has admitted deliberately coughing on police in Dagenham, east London and faces sentencing next month.
He appeared at Barkingside Mags on Wednesday.