This is the shocking moment a vile thug spat blood into a police officer’s eye as he was being arrested.
Temisan Oritsejafor’s ‘vulgar’ attack on PC Annie Napier was caught on body-cam footage. Officers attended the 41-year-old’s flat in Wyken, Coventry, on April 18 amid reports he had assaulted a neighbour.
While being handcuffed Oritsejafor can be seen to look up and at PC Napier before spitting in her face. He was quickly bundled back to the floor and arrested.
The visibly upset officer can later be seen telling colleagues ‘he got me in my eye, I’m alright, I’m just worried about all that coronavirus’ while they try to comfort her.
Oritsejafor pleaded guilty to two counts of assault on an emergency worker and a further charge of assault at Warwick Crown Court earlier this week.
He was on bail at the time of the attack for assaulting another officer just weeks earlier.
Speaking after the disgusting assault, 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.’
Fortunately she suffered no ill effects and remains on frontline duty.
Superintendent Jenny Skryme added: ‘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 front line despite the understandable safety concerns across the country.
‘This type of assault on our staff is deplorable and shouldn’t, and won’t, be tolerated.’
Oritsejafor has been remanded in custody.
Judge Andrew Lockhart QC warned him he would likely receive a ‘significant custodial sentence’ at the same court on a date to be fixed.