A WOMAN yelled ‘I’ve got corona’ and another battered a police officer with a stone loo roll holder at an illegal lockdown party.
The drunk pair were arrested after the assault left an officer with a gash that needed gluing back together.
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Officers were called to break up a party at flats in Eastbourne, East Sussex, on April 8, before Bayleigh Meadows and Millie Robinson turned violent.
Police were met with a “barrage of abuse” when they arrived, the court heard, before Ms Robinson, 21, turned to officer and pursed her lips to spit at him, shouting: “I have got corona, watch out”.
The commotion then spilled out into the hallway, with Ms Robinson kicking a cop in the stab vest and leg.
Bayleigh Meadows, also 21, then picked up a loo roll holder with a stone base and battered a cop in the head.
He was left with a 2cm cut and a lump that had to be glued back together, the court heard.
The officer said the incident was a “fast and surreal moment”.
They should not have to deal with behaviour like that which we saw ever.
Ms Robinson’s lawyer, Rebecca Upton, said the 21-year-old had found lockdown “extremely hard” and suffered from mental health problems.
Adam James, representing Ms Meadows, said his client also had mental health problems and only had a “limited” memory of what happened.
The judge told the pair that cops should “not have to deal with behaviour like that”.
Christine Laing QC said: “This matter happened just two weeks into the lockdown period imposed by the Government to try and halt the spread of Covid-19, a deadly pandemic.”
Judge Laing also said the pair had a history of violence against cops, but they had “declined much of the opportunities of help that you have been given”.
She added: “Police officers on a daily basis have to face risks to protect the public, perhaps never more so than during a pandemic.
“They should not have to deal with behaviour like that which we saw ever”.
Ms Robinson pleaded guilty to two charges of assaulting an emergency worker at a previous hearing, and was jailed for six months.
Ms Meadows pleaded guilty to one charge of assault occasioning actual body harm, and was jailed for 12 months.
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