Two men are charged with spitting on police officers amid the coronavirus pandemic
- A 24-year-old allegedly spat and punched a police officer in the head on Friday
- The man was asked to move from a car park when he allegedly spat on police
- He was arrested and has been fined $5,000. He was denied bail on Saturday
- Later, a man, 62, allegedly spat at a female officer during a DV dispute
- Learn more about how to help people impacted by COVID
Two men in NSW have been charged in separate incidents of allegedly spitting on police officers amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The first incident took place on Friday afternoon in Ashcroft in southwest Sydney, with a 24-year-old man verbally abusing police after being told to move on from a car park.
He then allegedly spat at a male police officer and mentioned the coronavirus while being arrested. He has since been hit with a $5,000 fine and charged.
The younger man was also charged with punching a police officer in the head.
The man was refused bail to appear before Parramatta Bail Court on Saturday.
Police officers are seen stopping drivers at an intrastate checkpoint on the Forrest Highway near the border of the Peel and South West regions, 110km south of Perth on Friday, April 10, 2020
In the other incident, a 62-year-old man spat at a female police officer on Friday evening in Metford in the NSW Hunter.
The man had approached officers as a 36-year-old man was being arrested over an alleged domestic violence incident.
He has also been fined $5,000 and charged with assault and resisting a police officer, and will appear at Newcastle Bail Court on Saturday.
‘Spitting or coughing at public officials is disgusting and against the law – it’s disgusting at any time (but) particularly during COVID-19,’ NSW Police Assistant Commissioner Karen Webb said on Saturday.