Woman who spat at police and refused to leave Aldi jailed Brighton News

A drunken woman who spat in the face of a police officer after refusing to leave an Aldi store has been jailed.

Staff had asked Sevana Francais to leave Aldi’s London Road store in Bexhill after drinking gin and wine in the store on Thursday 6 May.

The drunken 46-year-old did not pay for drinks and refused to leave, becoming abusive of staff and customers.

As the police tried to put her in the back of the police car, she spat in the face of one of the officers.

She was later arrested and charged with suspicion of theft from a store and assaulting an emergency worker.

French, unemployed, of St Andrews Square, Hastings, pleaded guilty when she appeared before Brighton Magistrates’ Court on Friday 7th May.

She was sentenced to 18 weeks in jail for assaulting an emergency worker and to four weeks for theft from a store to run simultaneously.

Investigating Officer PC Daren Spalding said: “Emergency workers should not have to put up with such behavior. If this type of aggression has always been particularly offensive, since the Covid 19 pandemic, it is also very worrying for the victim.

“The police will always prosecute in such circumstances and the sentence imposed on the offender on this occasion indicates how seriously the courts take the offense.”

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This notice was published: 2021-05-12 17:18:39