Woman spat and coughed at police saying she had Covid

Ipswich crown court with road sign

Kathleen McEvilley will be sentenced at Ipswich Crown Court - Credit: Archant

An Essex woman who tried to spit and cough at two police officers after telling them she had Covid-19 will be sentenced in March.

Before Ipswich Crown Court for a plea hearing on Tuesday (January 18) via a video link was 43-year-old Kathleen McEvilley, of Chestnut Way, Tiptree.

She admitted two offences of assaulting emergency workers on May 3 last year by trying to cough and spit at them after telling them she had the virus.

She also admitted an offence of assaulting a police officer by beating by kicking him on the same date.

McEvilley denied two further offences of assault on emergency workers on May 3 last year but the court heard that the pleas were acceptable and the prosecution would not be seeking a trial on them.

Recorder Darren Reed adjourned sentence until March 1 for a pre-sentence report and told McEvilley that all sentencing options would be open to the court.