A visibly upset PC Napier was later be seen telling colleagues, ‘he got me in my eye, I’m alright, I’m just pertubed about coronavirus’ while they try to console her.
The force said in a statement that spit with blood went into the response officer’s eye, but despite the understandable safety concerns about Covid-19, she maintained her professionalism and has thankfully suffered no ill-effects.
Oritsejafor, who suffers from schizophrenia and is bipolar, was arrested in Attoxhall Road, Wyken. He was already on bail for assaulting another officer just weeks earlier, police said.
He has since pleaded guilty to two counts of assault on an emergency worker and a further charge of assault.
The 41-year-old has been remanded in custody ahead of sentencing at Warwick Crown Court at a later date, and now faces “a significant prison term”, West Midlands Police said.
Commenting on the case, PC Napier said: “As frontline officers, we know that we put ourselves in potential danger, but we now face the added risk of Covid-19 infection, which then also puts our families at risk.
“It’s a shock when someone spits in your face and very unpleasant, so I’m pleased the force and the courts take these assaults so seriously.”
Superintendent Jenny Skryme continued: “It is vulgar and unacceptable to spit at anybody, but even more so a key worker who is putting themselves at risk to keep people safe and catch criminals.
“Our officers are bravely and repeatedly on the battleground despite the understandable safety concerns across the country.
“This type of assault on our staff is shameful and shouldn’t, and is unacceptable.”
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