On April 1, Mark Palmer, 55, was stuck at home, like so many Britons, due to coronavirus isolation. However, when his wife went out shopping, he invited a friend over for a beer — in defiance of social-distancing orders. When his wife got home at about 2:30 p.m. that day, she objected and told him he couldn’t be doing this. An argument started, and it soon turned violent, the report noted.
Palmer purportedly pushed his wife several times and poured beer on her. At one point, he allegedly spat in her face and told her, “I hope you get coronavirus and die!”
When she tried to escape to alert the neighbors, Palmer followed her, kicking at her and throwing rocks at her. While the woman was able to get to a neighbor and call for help, the suspect allegedly smashed her iPad. He then explained to the arresting officers that he and his wife were just having a lover’s quarrel, per the Cambridge News.
When police tried to arrest him, Palmer reportedly assumed “a boxer’s stance” and tried to punch the officers with his fists. the suspect then escaped to the backyard before emerging with a concrete block held above his head.
Palmer reportedly tried to chase the police with the block but was pepper-sprayed for his efforts. As the officers attempted to cuff him, he was said to have spat in their faces, later warning them that he was going to give them all coronavirus.
In court this week, Palmer pleaded guilty to admitted to common assault, two counts of criminal damage, two counts of assault by beating against an emergency worker, and possession of class B drugs — he was found to be in possession of cannabis when he was arrested. He was sentenced to 42 weeks in jail.
In a statement made available via Yahoo News U.K., Detective Constable Sean Clery called the incident “despicable,” especially in light of the suspect purportedly using the threat of coronavirus as a weapon.
“This was a despicable incident where Palmer used excessive violence and made vile comments regarding the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic,” he said.
Further, Clery noted that U.K. police are still being vigilant about policing domestic violence during the pandemic.
“I hope the sentence shows how seriously both police and the courts take this type of criminality,” he continued.
Pretending or threatening to infect people with coronavirus is being taken seriously in the U.S. as well. As previously reported by The Inquisitr, in a span of a few days two men were arrested in New Jersey and Pennsylvania for allegedly coughing on grocery store workers and/or customers and saying they had coronavirus.