A woman has been jailed after a paramedic and two police officers were assaulted in Brighton.
Whilst the officers were in the Royal Sussex County Hospital at around 20:30 hours on Tuesday 12th January they heard a large disturbance.
When they went to investigate, they found that a woman was behaving aggressively towards hospital staff.
When officers went over to speak to the female, she hit one of them, and another was spat at by the woman, who told them that she had Covid.
She continued to shout abusive language and assaulted a paramedic and a security staff member at the hospital.
Christina Whelan, 34, of Danehill Road in Brighton, was arrested and charged with three counts of assaulting an emergency worker, assault by beating, obstructing a constable in their execution of duty and using threatening / abusive words or behaviour likely to cause alarm or distress.
Whelan pleaded guilty to the charges at Brighton Magistrates’ Court on Thursday 14th January and was sentenced to a total of 36 weeks’ imprisonment.
Chief Inspector Roy Hodder said:
“Our officers and NHS colleagues work incredibly hard to protect and support members of the public and it is completely unacceptable that they should face this kind of appalling treatment while carrying out their duties.
“We are pleased the court has recognised the severity of these offences and served the defendant with a custodial sentence.
“Being assaulted should absolutely not be part of the job as a police officer or NHS staff and we are grateful to our colleagues for the challenging work they undertake every day.”
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