Barking man who claimed to have coronavirus jailed for spitting at police


A man who committed a domestic assault on a woman has been jailed for offences including assaulting emergency services workers.

At around 1145hrs on 20 April, officers from the Met’s East Area Command Unit arrested a 21-year-old man in Barking on suspicion of domestic assault on a woman and criminal damage to property belonging to the woman.

The man also told officers that he had Covid19 and, while being put into a police van, he spat at two officers. He was further arrested for assault on emergency workers.

The man was charged later that day. He is Brandon Wallace, 21, (6/4/99) of no fixed abode.

While in custody, Wallace confirmed that he did not have Covid19 nor any symptoms.

He appeared in custody at Barkingside Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday, 21 April, where he pleaded guilty to assaulting the woman, criminal damage and assault of emergency workers.

He was sentenced to six months’ imprisonment.