A woman from East Sussex has been convicted of spitting in the faces of two police officers and an A&E nurse.
Susan Clarkson-Rose, 42, of New Barn Lane, Ridgewood, pleaded guilty to assaulting two police officers and an A&E nurse when she appeared (via videolink) at Brighton Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday 13th May.
District Judge Amanda Kelly remanded Clarkson-Rose into custody.
She is due to be sentenced on 10th June as Judge Kelly felt that the offences merited a more extended period in custody than 12 months.
Clarkson-Rose attacked one of the police officers after she was arrested for criminal damage following a domestic dispute at a residential address.
While in custody, Clarkson-Rose claimed that she was not feeling well.
A decision was made to take her to Eastbourne District General Hospital so that she could be checked by medical staff.
However, while at the hospital, Clarkson-Rose became abusive towards A&E staff and ended up spitting in the face of a nurse who was trying to treat her, as well as another officer who had been assigned to escort Clarkson-Rose to the hospital.
All three emergency workers will now be tested for COVID-19.
It transpired that Clarkson-Rose needed no medical treatment whatsoever, and she was returned to police custody.
Deputy Chief Constable Jo Shiner said:
“This was an appalling series of deliberate attacks on three public servants doing their duty to help keep the public safe.
“We are glad that the court took these offences seriously, because of the flagrant disregard with which this woman treated three workers on the front line in protecting the community at this crucial time.”
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