(COVENTRY, Warks,U.K.) Court Report: A dangerous man who assaulted an emergency worker and told police he ha d #coronavirus to try to avoid being arrested for robbery has pleaded guilty for stealing a £750.00 Lou is Vuitton handbag has been jailed for 31 weeks #AceNewsDesk reports

#AceNewsReport – Apr.01: Wayne Harvey, 32, from Nuneaton, Warwickshire, pleaded guilty at his first hearing to stealing a £750 Louis Vuitton handbag and assaulting a security officer at George Eliot Hospital in Nuneaton on Wednesday 25 March 2020: Harvey walked into the A&E department at the hospital around 5.45am, and stole the handbag from the reception desk before leaving the department: He then attempted to flee on his bicycle but was stopped by the security guard, who pulled him off it:

Court Report: Man jailed for assault of emergency worker after using threat of #coronavirus to avoid being arrested:

Harvey told the security guard that he had a dirty needle in his pocket and the security guard pinned him down: As he struggled with the security guard on the floor, Harvey bit him in the upper left arm causing a red mark. He was arrested by police shortly after and during the arrest he claimed he had coronavirus.

Gavin Naylor of the CPS said: “We will vigorously prosecute people who steal from and assault those who are putting themselves at risk to help the rest of society during this pandemic: “The CPS stands behind emergency and essential workers and will not hesitate to prosecute anybody who threatens them as they go about their vital duties.”………..”Not only did the defendant commit a despicable crime, he also added to the already heightened state of fear and panic by making such a comment and using this threat to avoid arrest…………..“The gravity with which the court viewed his offending reflects in the sentence imposed.”

Court Notes:

  • Gavin Naylor is a District Crown Prosecutor with CPS West Midlands
  • For more information on how the CPS prosecutes offences under the Assaults on Emergency Workers (Offences) Act, see our legal guidance
  • In January 2020, the CPS published new guidance strengthening its approach to assaults on emergency workers after analysis revealed it had prosecuted almost 20,000 cases since the legislation first came into force in November 2018:

#AceNewsDesk report………….Published: Apr.01: 2020:

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