After being detained by police, Cowan was put inside their vehicle where she told officers she was a Covid-19 sufferer and began to cough in their faces.
Carol Cowan, 52, of Church Road, London, racially abused a woman in the street on Monday, June 8, at around 10.45am, who then alerted police who were patrolling the area in Croydon to what had happened.
Carol Cowan, 52, of Church Road, London, racially abused a woman in the street and then coughed in the faces of two police officers who detained her
Cowan was arrested on suspicion of a Section 4 Public Order offence and common assault.
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She pleaded guilty to all counts
Cowan appeared at Croydon Magistrates Court on Tuesday, June 9, charged with racially aggravated assault and assault of two emergency workers.
She was taken to a south London police station where she was remanded in custody to appear at Croydon Magistrates’ Court the following day.
Cowan was sentenced to 20 weeks imprisonment for racially aggravated assault and 26 weeks imprisonment for assault on two emergency workers. Her sentences are to run concurrently.
Following her sentence, Inspector Duncan Anderson, of Croydon police, said: “Spitting or coughing in the face at anyone is disgusting and unacceptable behaviour at any time, but given the concerns around Covid-19 that we all currently face it is appalling.”
She was also ordered to pay compensation of £100 each to three victims.