Woman who coughed at police officer after saying she had coronavirus jailed

A woman who claimed she had coronavirus and coughed in a police officer’s face has been jailed.

Joanne Turner, 35, grew hostile when coppers spoke to her about kicking a car outside Norwich train station on Wednesday night. Police followed her to a nearby house when she became abusive and ‘forcefully coughed’ at them.

The offender from Norwich, admitted at Norwich Magistrates’ Court on Thursday to assaulting an emergency worker. She also pleaded guilty to criminal damage and being drunk and disorderly in a public place.

Norfolk Police’s Chief Superintendent Dave Marshall said: ‘Any abuse and threatening behaviour towards the emergency services is unacceptable at any time. However, this sentence reflects the seriousness of threats and acts of coughing to put others in fear of contracting Covid-19.

‘This should act as a clear warning that there will be serious consequences
for anyone who behaves in such a threatening way towards others during this pandemic.’

On Thursday, a yob who spat at a police officer after threatening to infect
her with coronavirus was for 26 weeks.

David Mott, 40, coughed at police sergeant Linda Haywood after telling him
off for breaking new social distancing rules.

Drunken Mott lost his temper when the sergeant told him to back away in
Blackburn, Lancashire.

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

The force said Turner had been jailed for 12 weeks.