Woman who spat in A&E nurse's face claiming to have coronavirus facing jail

A woman who spat in the face of an A&E nurse while claiming to have coronavirus is facing the prison.

Sarah Clarkson-Rose also spat out two policemen and pleaded guilty after she appeared on the video at Brighton Magistrates’ Court.

District judge Amanda Kelly believed the 42-year-old’s crimes were so serious that she could be sentenced to more than 12 months in prison and referred the East Sussex man to Lewes Crown Court for sentencing.

Clarkson-Rose spat on the first officer after she was arrested on May 11 after a domestic incident for suspected criminal damage to furniture.

Overnight, she said she felt uncomfortable in her police cell, but when she was taken to the Eastbourne District General Hospital, she repeatedly spat on both the nurse who wanted to help her and another policeman who also wanted to help Face.

It soon turned out that Clarkson-Rose did not need medical treatment – and was brought back to her cell.

Although all three rescuers were unharmed, continued on duty and showed no symptoms of the coronavirus, they are still tested for the virus.

The incident occurred days after the death of Belly Mujinga, who was infected with COVID-19 and later died after being spat on while working at Victoria Station.

Deputy Police Chief Jo Shiner said: “This was a horrific series of premeditated attacks on three officers who are doing their duty to ensure public safety.

“We are pleased that the court took these crimes seriously because this woman was treating three frontline workers protecting the community at this crucial time.”


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