By Dan Wood
A woman spat in the mouth of a police officer and was sentenced to eight months imprisonment.
Lianne Mottershead, 30, was sentenced to eight months’ imprisonment at a hearing at Leeds Magistrates’ Court.
The Huddersfield woman was taken into custody in Bradford on Monday 6 April after she kicked a police officer in the groin.
Whilst in custody, in Trafalgar House Police Station, she spat at another police officer. The spittle landed in his mouth and on his cheek.
She then informed the custody sergeant that she was infected with coronavirus, going on to tell another officer that she hoped they would ‘die of Corona’.
In an interview, she said that the NHS had advised her to self-isolate based on the symptoms she described.
Chief Crown Prosecutor for CPS Yorkshire and Humberside, Gerry Wareham, said: “This behavior is as disgusting as it is dangerous. In the current climate, it is beyond belief that someone should deliberately spit at another person, let alone a police officer performing their duties in the current challenging circumstances.
“Mottershead has been sentenced to eight months’ imprisonment. I hope she spends that time reflecting on the absolute stupidity of her actions.”
Leanne Mottershead was sentenced to two months for the initial assault by beating of an emergency worker, and a further six months for the second assault, involving spitting.
The sentences must be served consecutively.