Woman jailed for deliberately coughing on officer whilst claiming to be infected with Covid-19

Kelsey Gouldie, 19 from Holyhead has today been jailed for six months after deliberately coughing on a North Wales Police officer whilst claiming to have Covid-19.

She pleaded guilty to a S.39 Assault, Breach of Covid Regulations, as well as the Assault of an Emergency Worker whilst in custody in Caernarfon.

North Wales Police Inspector Neil Jones said: ‘Far too frequently, officers are the subject of assaults in the Custody Suite, where those who have been arrested think it is acceptable to behave in a dangerous and violent manner.

‘With the added worries surrounding the Covid pandemic, this will not be tolerated and we will continue to put such individuals before the court to be dealt with appropriately.’

North Wales Police Federation General Secretary Mark Jones said: ‘This is yet another example of where our members have had COVID-19 weaponised towards them. To deliberately cough at a police officer, or any other emergency worker for that matter, and then claim to have COVID is, quite frankly filthy and despicable. I am glad to see that a custodial sentence has been imposed although we are continuing to see a growing trend of these types of incidents so clearly the message isn’t getting through so we implore the Government and Judiciary to work on introducing sentences that actually act as a deterrent to would be offenders.’