A “repulsive” man has been convicted of spitting in the face of a police officer who arrested him.
Andre Smith, aged 30, of Brixton Hill, south London, was convicted at St Albans Crown Court on Friday (January 7) of assaulting an emergency worker following an incident back in 2019.
The court heard that on August 10, 2019, police were called to a disturbance at a property in the Cotterells, Hemel Hempstead.
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They detained and arrested Smith in connection with the incident, but as he was being placed in the back of a police car, he spat in the face of a male constable.
As a result, a spit hood was then placed over Smith’s head to protect the victim and his colleagues from further assault, and the defendant was successfully conveyed to custody.
Detective Constable Pippa Mason, who investigated the incident, said: “Spitting is a repulsive act and is never acceptable in any situation. In this case, Smith’s saliva covered the male officer’s eyes, nose and mouth.
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“When the victim arrived home from work later that day, he felt he could not hug his partner and children as he normally would.
“It is never acceptable for police officers, staff, or any other emergency worker to be assaulted while performing their duties, so I hope Smith’s conviction serves as a warning that such behaviour will not be tolerated in Hertfordshire.
“We will never hesitate to take immediate action against anyone who behaves in this manner.”
Smith has been released on bail and is scheduled to appear at the same court on Friday, February 18 for sentencing.
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