A woman from Ridgewood has been convicted of spitting in the faces of emergency workers, two police officers and a nurse, while claiming to have Coronavirus.
Sarah Clarkson-Rose, 42, unemployed, of New Barn Lane, pleaded guilty to assaulting two PCs and an A&E nurse, when she appeared at a virtual hearing in custody at Brighton Magistrates Court on Wednesday (13 May).
District Judge Amanda Kelly remanded her in custody to Lewes Crown Court for sentencing on 10 June, as she felt the offence merited a longer period in custody than 12 months.
The attack on one of the PCs took place after she had been arrested on 11 May on suspicion of criminal damage to furniture at the address after a domestic incident. Overnight she claimed to be feeling unwell in her police cell but on being taken to Eastbourne District General Hospital spat repeatedly in the faces of both the nurse who was trying to help her and another PC who was escorting her and was also trying to help.
All three emergency workers were unhurt, continued on duty, and have shown no symptoms of Coronavirus. They will however be tested for the virus.
It turned out that the woman needed no medical treatment and she was returned to police custody.
Deputy Chief Constable Jo Shiner said: “This was an appalling series of deliberate attacks on three public servants doing their duty to help keep the public safe.
“We are glad that the court took these offences seriously, because of the flagrant disregard with which this woman treated three workers on the front line in protecting the community at this crucial time.”