A VILE thug who spat blood in a female officer’s eye has been identified on police bodycam footage and sentenced to eight months behind bars.
Temisan Oritsejafor, 41, was being arrested by PC Annie Napier for assaulting his neighbour when he launched the attack on the unsuspecting cop.
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Cops were called to Oritsejafor’s flat in Wyken, Coventry, on April 18 after he became abusive towards a neighbour.
During the incident, the 41-year-old suffered a bloody nose and while he was being arrested he spat in PC Napier’s face.
A visibly-upset PC Napier told colleagues “he got me in my eye, I’m alright, I’m just worried about all that coronavirus”.
He got me in my eye, I’m alright, I’m just worried about all that coronavirus.
PC Annie Napier
Oritsejafor was on bail at the time for a previous assault on a police officer, a court heard.
Oritsejafor admitted common assault and two charges of common assault on emergency workers at Warwick Crown Court in May.
Today he was jailed for eight months and ordered to pay a £149 victim surcharge.
Prosecutor Mark Phillips said: “A male officer who believed he was being aggressive took him to the floor, and was assisted by a female colleague, PC Napier, to restrain him.
“As they’re getting him up, he spits into the officer’s face.
“That is spit and blood, because he had had a bleeding nose earlier, and it catches her straight in the eye.”
Playing a CCTV recording of the incident, Mr Phillips added: “She is clearly upset, and she’s very shaken indeed.”
PC Napier, who tested negative for Covid-19, said: “As frontline officers, we know that we put ourselves in potential danger, but we now face the added risk of Covid-19 infection which then also puts our families at risk.
“It’s a shock when someone spits in your face and very unpleasant, so I’m pleased the force and the courts take these assaults so seriously.”
As frontline officers, we put ourselves in potential danger, but we now face the added risk of Covid-19 infection.
PC Annie Napier
Superintendent Jenny Skryme, of West Midlands Police, said: “It is vulgar and unacceptable to spit at anybody, but even more so a key worker who is putting themselves at risk to keep people safe and catch criminals.
“Our officers are bravely and repeatedly on the frontline despite the understandable safety concerns across the country.
“This type of assault on our staff is deplorable and shouldn’t, and won’t be, tolerated.”
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Sadly, it’s not the first time an officer has been spat on while on the line of duty.
Belly Mujinga – a Victoria Station worker – was coughed on and spat at by a commuter claiming to have the deadly virus.
She later died of the virus.
A recording of the man thought to be responsible has now been passed to police, who are probing the 47-year-old’s death.
It comes as dozens of frontline workers have been spat at or coughed on by people claiming to have the virus.