Man Jailed for Spitting in Police Officer's Face and Lying About Having Coronavirus Says He Was 'Stressed'

A man who spat in a police officer's face and lied about having coronavirus said he did it because he was "stressed."

Karan Singh, 23, was jailed for four months at Croydon Crown Court in south London, U.K. on Friday after he pleaded guilty to three counts of assault on an emergency worker, possession of cannabis and use of threatening or abusive words or behavior.

Police officers had spotted Singh sitting in a car in Croydon despite being disqualified from driving on March 14, London's Metropolitan Police said in a news release.

When the officers spoke to Singh, they noticed a strong smell of cannabis coming from him and the vehicle, police said. As the officers prepared to start searching the vehicle, Singh attempted to flee. He started to drive off, but stalled the car's engine.

A Police van passes Buckingham Palace on April 26, 2020 in London, England. Alex Davidson/Getty Images

During a search of the vehicle, officers found 10 bags of cannabis and Singh admitted to having the drugs for personal use, police said.

Singh was taken to a police station in south London, where he hurled abuse at officers who interviewed him. Afterwards, Singh became "aggressive," police said, and struggled with three officers as they took him back to his cell.

At the cell door, Singh "spat directly" into one officer's face and told the officer he had coronavirus. The officer later had to go to hospital for checks, police said. Singh's spit also landed on the faces of the other two officers.

Later, as he was interviewed from behind his cell door, Singh said his behavior was due to him getting "stressed out" after waiting for hours. He also admitted that he did not have coronavirus and that he had lied because he was angry. He also apologized to the officers.

Karan Singh
Karan Singh was sentenced to four months in prison after he admitted to spitting in a police officer's face. Metropolitan Police

As well as the four-month sentence, Singh was sentenced to an additional four month term, to run consecutively, for breaching a previous suspended sentence.

Following his sentencing, Superintendent Dan Knowles said: "It is never acceptable to spit at an emergency worker, whether it is during these unprecedented times or not.

"Singh carrying out this vile act and then lying about having coronavirus was a deplorable thing to do and it caused a great deal of distress for the officers and staff who were just trying to do their job and keep London safe."

Knowles added: "Offenders who think this is an acceptable thing to do will be arrested and placed before the courts, and a prison sentence is a likely outcome."

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