Blackburn criminal who spat and COUGHED at the police officer after threatening to infect her with coronavirus is jailed for 26 weeks
- Drunk David Mott lost his temper when the sergeant told him to leave
- The 40-year-old showed “total contempt” towards the police sergeant in Blackburn
- Sergeant Linda Haywood had to squirt Mott pepper while he continued to cough
- Mott was in prison for 26 weeks after admitting to using threatening behavior
- He also admitted that he owns an offensive weapon and cannabis
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A criminal who spat at a police officer after threatening to infect her with coronavirus has been imprisoned for 26 weeks.
40-year-old David Mott also coughed on police sergeant Linda Haywood after telling him he had broken new social distance rules.
Drunk Mott lost self-control when the sergeant told him to retire when he approached her on Tuesday in Blackburn, Lancs.
40-year-old David Mott also coughed on police sergeant Linda Haywood after telling him he broke new social distance rules on Tuesday in Blackburn
Sergeant Haywood said, “I am disgusted with the total contempt he showed to me, both as a police officer and as a fellow man.”
She added, “We as police officers are here to protect the public and must not be exposed to unnecessary risks from foolish acts, as Mr. Mott showed.”
Mott was with two other people when he was challenged by the police.
He admitted that he had used threatening behavior, had an offensive weapon, and owned cannabis at Blackburn Magistrates Court.
Police pulled a taxi into which Mott and two others were driving.
He wouldn’t back off if challenged by Sergeant Haywood.
Prosecutor Peter Bardsley said, “He said he was not leaving and if she tried to do anything he would just cough and spit at her.
Blackburn Magistrates Court heard that PS Haywood was forced to pepper Mott while continuing to move towards her, coughing and spitting in her direction
Then he did, and she was forced to squirt him. Then she pushed it away.
“He was clearly aware that Covid-19 was transmitted by coughing and spitting and put the agent in fear of her personal safety.”
The prosecution has warned that it would prosecute anyone who coughed up emergency services in the current crisis and would face up to a year in prison.
Darren Rafferty, 45, has admitted to deliberately coughing at police in Dagenham, East London, and will be sentenced next month.
He appeared in Barkingside Mags on Wednesday.