Thug who coughed and spat at cop while threatening to infect with coronavirus is jailed – The Sun

A THUG who spat at a police officer after threatening to infect her with coronavirus has been jailed for 26 weeks.

David Mott, 40, also coughed at police sergeant Linda Haywood after telling him off for breaking new social distancing rules during the Covid-19 outbreak.

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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.

"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."

People who cough at police or NHS staff could face a year in jail, cops have warned.

The Crown Prosecution Service today announced they would prosecute anyone who coughs on or at emergency service staff during the coronavirus crisis.

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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 then would not back away when challenged by Sgt Haywood.

Prosecutor Peter Bardsley said: "He said he wasn't moving away and if she tried to do anything he would just cough and spit at her.

"He then proceeded to do just that and she was forced to pepper-spray him.

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"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."

Earlier today, Britain's death toll soared to 578 after 12 more deaths in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland today and dozens more in England.

The number of fatalities has risen by 113 since yesterday, the largest 24-hour climb since the deadly bug first hit the UK in January.

A total of 11,568 are now confirmed as infected with Covid-19 in Britain – up from 9,849 by the end of yesterday – after another 320 tested positive across the UK.

He said he wasn't moving away and if she tried to do anything he would just cough and spit at her

It comes as police started using checkpoints to stop vehicles and ask drivers if their journey is essential during the coronavirus lockdown.

Cops across the UK have been asking drivers today where they are going and why they are going there.

Police checkpoints were seen across Devon today, where officers quizzed drivers on their journeys and whether they were "essential".

And cops have been handed new powers to fine Brits up to £1000 for breaking rules for being outside their homes from TODAY.

Officers will aim to slow the spread of coronavirus by asking people to go indoors and will be authorised to use force if they refuse.

The base rate for the fine is £60, which is then reduced to £30 if paid within 14 days.

Several of the same offences will see the charges soar, with Brits hit with a £960 fine for not doing their bit.

Those who keep disobeying can be arrested and locked up.

The CPS  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 Magistrates Court on Wednesday.


 

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