Jan 21, 2021

Resident who spat at officers issued 6-year sentence Featured

The individual who spat at four government officers engaged in COVID-19 mitigation efforts in Atulugama, Bandaragama has been issued a six-year prison sentence.

Deputy Inspector General of Police Ajith Rohana said the incident was reported on the 2nd of December last year when the officers went to escort the individual who was at the time identified as a COVID-19 positive patient.

They were obstructed by the individual who spat on two Public Health Inspectors and two health officers.

The Police Media Spokesman said Police launched an inquiry and after he was released from treatment, the case against the individual was heard before the Panadura Magistrate’s Court.

The DIG added eight charges were filed against him including criminal intimidation, criminal force to government servants and disobeying quarantine orders.

The DIG said the suspect pled guilty to three charges.

He was accordingly issued two years of rigorous imprisonment each for the three charges amounting to a six-year prison sentence.

DIG Ajith Rohana noted that he was also fined Rs.10,000 and was ordered to pay Rs.100,000 each to the four health officers.

The DIG said he was earlier convicted over criminal activity and was issued a suspended sentence.