A man from Hull has been sentenced to six months in prison after he deliberately coughed on one PCSO and assaulted another.
Jason Clark was sentenced at Hull Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday 15th April.
On 8th April, Clark was spotted by the officers as he swore at members of the public in the street at Pearson Park in Hull.
When the two officers approached Clark to speak to him about his behaviour, he became aggressive and was abusive to the pair.
He then said that he had COVID-19 before proceeding to cough over one of the PCSOs.
Clark then grabbed his colleague by the throat before he was subdued and taken into custody with the assistance of response team officers.
Gerry Wareham, Chief Crown Prosecutor for CPS Yorkshire and Humberside, said:
“Deliberately coughing in the face of a police officer in the current climate is both dangerous and despicable.
“This type of behaviour is completely unacceptable, especially when it is targeted at emergency workers who are carrying out their duties in the most challenging of circumstances.
“Clark has been sentenced to six months in prison.
“Hopefully this will serve as a warning to anyone else contemplating acting in such an anti-social manner.”
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