Holyhead teen jailed for cough attack on police officer

North Wales Police

A Holyhead woman who deliberately coughed at a police officer in custody has been jailed.

19 year-old Kelsey Gouldie claimed she had been infected with COVID-19 when she was being held at Caernarfon police station.

Gouldie admitted section 39 assault, assaulting a emergency worker and breaching COVID-19 regulations. She was sentenced to six months in prison.

North Wales Police Federation described the case as another example of their members having coronavirus ”weaponised towards them”.

Inspector Neil Jones said: ”Far too frequently, officers are the subject of assaults in the custody suite, where those who have been arrested think it is acceptable to behave in a dangerous and violent manner.”

”With the added worries surrounding the Covid pandemic, this will not be tolerated and we will continue to put such individuals before the court to be dealt with appropriately.”

Mark Jones, the police federation’s general secretary, added: ”To deliberately cough at a police officer, or any other emergency worker for that matter, and then claim to have COVID is, quite frankly filthy and despicable.”

”I am glad to see that a custodial sentence has been imposed although we are continuing to see a growing trend of these types of incidents so clearly the message isn’t getting through so we implore the Government and judiciary to work on introducing sentences that actually act as a deterrent to would be offenders.”

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