Cornelia Azariah, 32, had been escorted out of the Royal Brompton Hospital after attacking a security guard and hospital porter. Once ejected, she removed her used sanitary towel and smeared it on the glass door saying: “There’s your Coronavirus guys”
Yesterday, Monday 21st December, at Snaresbrook Crown Court, Azariah was sentenced to a hospital order. She had previously pleaded guilty to racially aggravated intentional harassment, two counts of damaging property and two counts of assault on an emergency worker in connection to the incident.
On 30th March 2020, during the pandemic, Azariah arrived at the Royal Brompton Hospital and asked for the accident and emergency department. Due to the hospital not having one, she was redirected to the nearby Chelsea and Westminster Hospital. Azariah was angry at this and became hostile.
Claiming to have coronavirus, she spat at the security guard and her saliva landed on his head and ear. As she was being removed from the premises, she scratched a porter who came to the security’s guard’s aid.
A police constable who was called to the hospital to deal with Azariah, was subjected to abuse from her. Once arrested, she spat inside the police van, which had to be deep cleaned at a cost of £145.83.
Philip Fernandez, from the CPS, said:
“This was a disgraceful display of bad behaviour directed at our hard-working key workers at the very start of the pandemic. Cornelia Azariah’s conduct was simply unacceptable.
“Brave emergency workers have been facing incredible uncertainties and challenges, yet they have continued to provide vital services to the public. They must be able go about their critical work without the risk of abuse or physical harm.
“The CPS has been clear – attacks such as these, particularly at a time of national emergency, will not be tolerated. Offenders will be prosecuted and brought to justice.”
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