Woman-beating thug, 38, who coughed and spat at police telling them ‘you’ve got Covid now’ is jailed for 21 months
- Patrick James Lee told police they had Covid after spitting and coughing at them
- The 38-year-old knew he had the virus and also threatened to bite two officers
- Lee, of York, had been arrested for domestic abuse offences against girlfriend and was receiving hospital treatment when he began causing a disturbance
- Lee admitted assaulting two emergency service workers as well as coercive controlling behaviour and was jailed for a total of 21 months at York Crown Court
A thug who was arrested for domestic abuse offences coughed and spat at police officers after testing positive for coronavirus – in a bid to infect them, a court heard.
Patrick James Lee, 38, threatened to bite two officers while in hospital and yelled at them: ‘You’ve got Covid now’.
York Crown Court heard how one of the brave bobbies he tried to infect suffered from Asthma, a dangerous underlying health condition if Covid is contracted.
Lee had been arrested for controlling and coercive behaviour towards his girlfriend in November when he was taken to York Hospital, prosecutors said.
Two officers were assigned to stand guard over him, the court heard.
But when they arrived at 2am, Lee was walking around a ward in just his boxer shorts and socks, causing a disturbance and trying to talk to other patients.
Patrick James Lee, 38, told police they had Covid after spitting and coughing at them when he knew he had the virus. Lee had been arrested for domestic abuse offences against his partner
Andrew Stranex, prosecuting, said the cops tried to calm him down, but he fought them off and was swearing and shouting.
Eventually they managed to restrain him on the floor.
Mr Stranex said: ‘This defendant made determined efforts to cough and spit at the officers.’
He told the court that Lee, who knew he was carrying the virus, yelled at them: ‘You’ve got Covid now.’
Mr Stranex said when Lee was told he could have infected others by the night-time disturbance, he replied: ‘Good. I hope they are both police officers..’
The barrister: ‘One of the policemen was particularly worried by Lee’s actions because he was asthmatic.’
The court heard how Lee was arrested for controlling and coercive behaviour against his girlfriend.
He had banged her head repeatedly against a kitchen draining board until she made up a tale of being unfaithful to him and in a different incident jumped on her head.
Lee was jailed for total of 21 months at York Crown Court (pictured) after admitting two counts of assaulting an emergency worker and one count of coercive and controlling behaviour
And he had locked her in when he had left the house and had monitored her whereabouts using her phone.
Mr Stranex said: ‘She told him that if he was going to kill her he should get on with it.’
Lee also made her post that everything was all right between them on social media.
Lee, of York, pleaded guilty to assaulting two emergency service workers and one charge of coercive and controlling behaviour.
He has previous convictions for domestic violence, the court heard.
Lee’s barrister Chris Moran said Lee had drug and alcohol problems and had suffered two close family bereavements in four years that had affected him badly.
While remanded in prison he had taken Covid-19 hygiene training so he could work as a prison cleaner.
He said Lee’s partner wanted to continue the relationship.
Jailing him for 21 months, Recorder Mark McKone told Lee: ‘You were tested for Covid-19, your test was positive and you knew that.
‘You showed a complete lack of respect for the police.’
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