A man has been jailed after he coughed at officers and claimed that he had COVID-19 following a stop in north London.
Andrew Mcendoo, 39 (11.02.81) of North Circular Road, Neasden was jailed at Willesden Magistrates’ Court after pleading guilty on Monday, 8 June.
He was sentenced to a total of 12 months’ imprisonment for two counts of assault on an emergency worker and two months for possession of Class A drugs, to run concurrently.
Mcendoo was stopped by officers in the Wembley area on Monday, 1 June. As the officers attempted to speak with him, he began coughing at them, stating that he had coronavirus.
During a search, he was found to be in possession of heroin. He was arrested and taken to a north London police station.
Police Sergeant Andrew Marsh, of the North West Command Unit, said: “This behaviour is completely unacceptable. Our officers spend every day working to protect their local communities.
“Mcendoo’s actions placed them at risk that day. It is clear that he knew he would be arrested if found in possession of the drugs, so he intentionally coughed at them. However, they were not deterred and a quantity of Class A drugs is now off the streets.”