Man Who Shouted ‘Corona’ And Spat On Officers’ Face In Harlesden Jailed For 20 Weeks

Court has sentenced Samir Fouad, 18, for spitting at a police officer while shouting about Coronavirus.

Fouad of Lansbury Close, Brent was sentenced to 20 weeks in custody after he appeared at Croydon Crown Court on Wednesday, February 17. 

He pleaded guilty to two charges of assaulting an emergency worker and one charge of racially abusing a police officer.

Police were called to a fast-food restaurant on High Street in Harlesden on July 3, 2020, to report criminal damage.

Officers arrived at the scene and found no sign of any damage at the takeaway restaurant.

However, the police met the door to an upstairs flat opened, and a man told the officers that there had been a fight and led them to a room where Fouad was on a bed screaming in pain.

When they found Fouad, the police said he was pointing to his shoulder because he did not speak English.

When the ambulance arrived, an attempt to explain to Fouad that the officers were trying to get him help failed as he was very erratic in his behaviour.

The officers said the man suddenly got up, walked from the room and later attempted to jump from a window.

An ambulance was requested, and officers tried to explain they were getting him help.

Fouad was very erratic in his behaviour, got up, walked from the room, and then attempted to jump from a window, the police said in a statement.

After pulling him away from the window, the officers restrained him on the bed. Fouad, the police said, kicked and shouted ‘Corona’ before spitting at two officers.

The police also said that after he was detained in handcuffs, Fouad also racially abused one of the officers.

Inspector Sammi Elfituri, based in Brent, said: “The officers called to the scene were simply trying to help Fouad after they found him injured.

“To be spat at and racially abused is completely unacceptable, and it is right that he has received a custodial sentence.

“Spitting is despicable at any time, but it is even more reprehensible in the middle of a pandemic when officers, like the public, are working so hard to stop the spread of Coronavirus.”

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