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Woman with HIV wanted longer prison sentence for spitting at officer
17 Feb 2017

<b><i>Nicole Hewitt believes her sentence<br>should be longer
Nicole Hewitt believes her sentence
should be longer
A woman who spat at an officer before telling her to get checked for HIV has been sentenced to prison.

Nicole Hewitt, 33, from Worcester spat at Police Constable Lorren Edwards at a police station and told her: “You had better get yourself checked, I have HIV.”

She was given a 10-week prison sentence and the officer was given £100 in compensation at Worcester Magistrates’ Court on Thursday (February 17).

PC Edwards was looking after Hewitt as she had been self-harming after stealing £24 worth of non-bio Fairy liquid on October 29, 2016.

Prosecuting, Mark Johnson said PC Edwards felt “physically sick” after the spit landed on her lip and into her mouth.

Hewitt had a "smug satisfaction on her face" and "looked as though she felt very happy with herself", according to the officer.

After pleading guilty to assault on a police officer and theft, Hewitt asked the judge to give her a longer sentence.

"I was only in prison last time for three weeks, it should be longer,” she said.

Defending, Mark Harper said Hewitt suffered from self-harming, depression, paranoia and anxiety.

He also added it was not possible for the saliva to cause HIV.

This incident follows the launch of West Mercia police and crime commissioner John Campion’s Behind the Badge campaign, aimed at reducing violence against police officers.

Mr Campion said: “This case highlights perfectly why I launched my recent 'Behind the Badge' campaign. Incidents like this happen in every region, every day.

"I welcome the court judgment and hope it sends a clear message about how we value the people that protect us and our communities every day.

"This sort of behaviour towards our police is not acceptable, nor is it tolerated."


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