Adam Lewis, 55, was sentenced to six months in prison for assault at Westminster Magistrates' Court, after he deliberately coughed on a police officer, claiming that he had COVID-19. Police say that a bobby was brought to Lewis's attention by a member of the public who claimed to have seen him trying to open various car doors, on 31 March 2020.
When the Police Constable, who was on cycle patrol at the time, approached Lewis and attempted to detain him in order to perform a search Lewis shouted, "I am covid [sic] and I am going to cough in your face and you will get it".
A man who coughed on & tried to spit at a police officer after claiming to have the Coronavirus has been sent to jail for six months today.— Metropolitan Police | #StayHomeSaveLives (@metpoliceuk) April 1, 2020
Adam Lewis, 55, was sentenced at Westminster Magistrates' Court.https://t.co/2v3DixE4zS
Lewis proceeded to cough on the Police Constable and then fell onto the floor, as the officer reportedly sought to keep Lewis at a distance. As the constable sought to restrain him while bending down onto the floor, Lewis then "attempted to cough up phlegm, before trying to spit in his face", according to the police report. He also threatened to bite him.
Other colleagues from the Metropolitan Police Service arrived on the seen and Lewis was ultimately arrested on suspicion of causing grevious bodily harm.
Lewis was ultimately convicted of assault.
Chief Superintendent Helen Harper, from Area West Command Unit, said, "thankfully these types of incidents are a rare occurrence ", noting her hope that the length of the sentence would send a strong message that such behaviour won't be tolerated.