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Prison for chef who spat in Inverness police station


By Ali Morrison

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A chef who exposed two police officers to the risk of Covid-19 by spitting close to both and coughing in the face of another has been jailed for 16 months.

Despite wearing a spit hood, fluid entered the eye of one officer as he was processing Cornelius Stevenson (33) at a police station in Inverness on April 14.

Stevenson, also a qualified seaman from the Kyle of Lochalsh area, claimed he had the virus and the officer admitted afterwards that the incident had caused him concern as he had vulnerable high-risk members in his family.

Sheriff Gary Aitken told him: “You have an extensive record of offending, including convictions for violence and police assault. Spitting at any time is a disgusting thing to do, but particularly at this time, and all the more so when it strikes someone.

“It is something that any member of the emergency services including police officers should not have to put up with.”

Stevenson admitted culpable and reckless conduct at Rowan Brae, Plock Road, Kyle of Lochalsh and assault in Inverness.

Defence solicitor Roger Webb told Inverness Sheriff Court that Stevenson was not aware of the seriousness of the virus at the time.

Sentence was backdated to April 15 when he was remanded in custody.

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