Paul Leivers, 48, has been jailed for a year after spitting at police officers while claiming he had coronavirus symptoms A ‘despicable and disgraceful’ man who spat at police officers and claimed he had coronavirus symptoms has been jailed for a year. Paul Leivers, 48, admitted two counts of assault on an emergency worker after being arrested in Mansfield on Thursday. Nottinghamshire Police said Leivers, of Tideswell Court, Mansfield, spat at custody officers. He appeared at Nottingham Magistrates’ Court on Saturday in front of District Judge Leo Pyle. The court heard Leivers did not have coronavirus or any symptoms of the disease. Sentencing the defendant, District Judge Pyle said: ‘It was in the public interest to deal with the matter sooner rather than later. ‘These are two distinct acts and it was appalling behaviour, these offences were deliberate and pre-mediated. ‘Emergency workers have a difficult job at the best of time, even more so at the minute and the court will not flinch to protect officers.’ Assistant Chief Constable Steve Cooper, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: ‘This sentence sends out a very powerful and clear message that this behaviour will not be tolerated in any shape or form and especially not… Read full this story
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