A man who coughed on a police officer and claimed to have the Coronavirus has been sent to jail for six months today [Wednesday 1 April].
Adam Lewis, 55 (16.09.64) was sentenced at Westminster Magistrates’ Court after being convicted of an assault on an emergency worker.
The case is believed to mark the first jail sentence in London imposed for a COVID-19 related incident involving a police officer.
The PC’s attention was drawn to Lewis after a member of the public flagged him down while he was on cycle patrol in the borough of Westminster around 15:40hrs on Tuesday 31 March.
The PC was informed that a man – Lewis – had been seen attempting trying the handles of car doors in the area. He subsequently approached Lewis and attempted to detain him for a search, at which point Lewis tried to resist and smashed a bottle of wine he was holding on the floor.
Lewis then verbally threatened the PC, telling him: “I am covid [sic] 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, and fell to the floor.