Lewisham police officer spared jail after punching suspect who 'spat' in his mouth

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A LEWISHAM police officer has been spared jail for punching a suspect in the face who allegedly spat in the officer’s mouth.

PC Rohan Scarlett was sentenced to a three months community order, given a curfew and ordered to pay compensation to his victim at Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court on September 20 for common assault.

The 47-year-old, who denied the charge, punched Andrew Uba twice after the suspect spat at him as he put him in a police van to transfer him from Islington Police Station to Lewisham on February 20 at 3am.

Scarlett, a former nightclub doorman and security guard, previously told the court he did not want to be assaulted again and hit Uba to "distract him" from spitting a second time.

Speaking of the sentencing, Commander Allan Gibson, of the Met’s service directorate of professional standards, said: "I appreciate that there was alleged provocation in this case, but police officers are expected to remain professional at all times; irrespective of provocation.

"PC Scarlett failed to remain professional; he reacted and has paid the price of being convicted at court.

"Now that the criminal proceedings are complete the misconduct process can continue."

Scarlett was found guilty of common assault on August 27 and remains suspended from his duties.

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6:42pm Mon 23 Sep 13

molsey says...

That should be the end of it now and PC Scarlett should keep his job. You can only imagine what it must be like to be spat at directly in the face, it must make you heave, let alone the thought of AIDS.
That should be the end of it now and PC Scarlett should keep his job. You can only imagine what it must be like to be spat at directly in the face, it must make you heave, let alone the thought of AIDS. molsey
  • Score: -5

9:05pm Mon 23 Sep 13

RightSaidFrank says...

I am amazed of your ignorance about AIDS.

First of all you cannot catch AIDS. You can 'catch' HIV which may, or may not, go onto develop into AIDS .

Second the HIV virus cannot be transmitted by someone spitting in your face.
The HIV virus is in an infected a person's blood and sperm. That blood or sperm has to get into your bloodstream to infect you.

However, I quite understand the policeman's reaction when someone spat in his face. But why did he have to pay compensation to the spitter?
I am amazed of your ignorance about AIDS. First of all you cannot catch AIDS. You can 'catch' HIV which may, or may not, go onto develop into AIDS . Second the HIV virus cannot be transmitted by someone spitting in your face. The HIV virus is in an infected a person's blood and sperm. That blood or sperm has to get into your bloodstream to infect you. However, I quite understand the policeman's reaction when someone spat in his face. But why did he have to pay compensation to the spitter? RightSaidFrank
  • Score: 15

8:29am Tue 24 Sep 13

molsey says...

RightSaidFrank wrote:
I am amazed of your ignorance about AIDS.

First of all you cannot catch AIDS. You can 'catch' HIV which may, or may not, go onto develop into AIDS .

Second the HIV virus cannot be transmitted by someone spitting in your face.
The HIV virus is in an infected a person's blood and sperm. That blood or sperm has to get into your bloodstream to infect you.

However, I quite understand the policeman's reaction when someone spat in his face. But why did he have to pay compensation to the spitter?
You say you are amazed at my ignorance about AIDS. I would have thought to the average person in the street like me, AIDS or HIV are associated as being the same thing, either way as you say HIV can develop into AIDS. I also think the average person would consider the spitters saliva entering PC Scarletts mouth congers a risk of catching AIDS.
[quote][p][bold]RightSaidFrank[/bold] wrote: I am amazed of your ignorance about AIDS. First of all you cannot catch AIDS. You can 'catch' HIV which may, or may not, go onto develop into AIDS . Second the HIV virus cannot be transmitted by someone spitting in your face. The HIV virus is in an infected a person's blood and sperm. That blood or sperm has to get into your bloodstream to infect you. However, I quite understand the policeman's reaction when someone spat in his face. But why did he have to pay compensation to the spitter?[/p][/quote]You say you are amazed at my ignorance about AIDS. I would have thought to the average person in the street like me, AIDS or HIV are associated as being the same thing, either way as you say HIV can develop into AIDS. I also think the average person would consider the spitters saliva entering PC Scarletts mouth congers a risk of catching AIDS. molsey
  • Score: -6

11:12am Tue 24 Sep 13

sarfflondonbird says...

Isn't there a law against spitting? If so, I hope that disgusting person was charged for that also or did that law go unheeded under the circumstances?
Isn't there a law against spitting? If so, I hope that disgusting person was charged for that also or did that law go unheeded under the circumstances? sarfflondonbird
  • Score: -6

4:02pm Thu 26 Sep 13

mouthalmighty says...

Also I would have done more than punch the spitter; I would have kicked his head in.
Also I would have done more than punch the spitter; I would have kicked his head in. mouthalmighty
  • Score: 3

1:00am Fri 27 Sep 13

TooHonest says...

If I was on duty trying to do my job and some scum spat in my mouth Id pull mu big tanned coke out and **** in his gob see how he likes it.. dirty sausages.
If I was on duty trying to do my job and some scum spat in my mouth Id pull mu big tanned coke out and **** in his gob see how he likes it.. dirty sausages. TooHonest
  • Score: 1

12:16pm Mon 30 Sep 13

_vikkistarr says...

To get HIV from saliva, you would have to swallow around 10 pints of it. That is common knowledge, and the average person should be aware of that since their is far too much stigma about HIV as it is
To get HIV from saliva, you would have to swallow around 10 pints of it. That is common knowledge, and the average person should be aware of that since their is far too much stigma about HIV as it is _vikkistarr
  • Score: 1

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