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Man who spat at police officer and claimed to have coronavirus in Farnborough jailed

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Man who spat at police officer and claimed to have coronavirus in Farnborough jailed

Published by the Eagle Radio News Team at 4:38pm 24th April 2020.

A man who was self-isolating because of COVID-19 has been jailed after he spat at a police officer in Farnborough whilst claiming to be infected with the virus.

The incident led to PC Stan Howe having to self-isolate for two weeks himself and left his wife Lisa, who works for the NHS at Frimley Park Hospital, worrying about her own health.

22-year-old Jason Porter, of no fixed address, spat at PC Howe while he was attending a concern for welfare at a Farnborough home on 1 April.

Yesterday (23 April) Porter was sentenced to 24 weeks in prison and ordered to pay compensation having been found guilty of three counts of assault by beating and one of racially/religiously aggravated assault.

In a Facebook post following the attack, PC Howe’s wife Lisa said:

“Last night a Hampshire officer was spat on by someone who was self-isolating!

“Some will say ‘well, this is a hazard of the job’…. to us this police officer is a hero, husband, daddy, brother, uncle and this is totally unacceptable!

“Thanks to this person, the police officer is now in A&E due to the risk of hepatitis and has also been advised to self-isolate, meaning he is unable to be on the frontline.”

In a statement the Hampshire Police Federation said PC Howe did not contract coronavirus.

Hampshire Assistant Chief Constable, Scott Chilton, said:

“In any situation, spitting is vile behaviour, but I am even more appalled and disgusted that it is now being used as a weapon by people in these extremely challenging times.

“Not only did this person’s selfish and dangerous actions put one of my officers at risk of contracting this virus, but it has also impacted on his whole family.

“I hope this outcome serves as a warning to anyone who behaves in this unacceptable manner – you will be arrested, and you will face the consequences of your actions.”