A TEENAGER has been jailed for coughing at police during the coronavirus lockdown.

An 18-year-old woman has been sentenced to three months behind bars after she coughed at officers in Barnsley, stating that she wanted to infect them with COVID-19.

The sentencing follows an incident in the early hours of April 6 in which Levi Marsden, of Holwick Court, Barnsley, was arrested in Barnsley town centre after she breached a Drug Intervention Programme.

On arrival at Barnsley Custody, she repeatedly coughed in the presence of officers and when asked to cover her mouth, she refused and said: “I hope you get it.”

She was charged with two counts of common assault on the officers and was remanded to court.

She appeared at Sheffield Crown Court on April 7 and was sentenced to three months at a Young Offenders Institution, and was ordered to pay £50 in compensation to each of the officers she assaulted.

PC Fran Robbs De La Hoyde, who worked on the investigation, said: “As key workers, our officers are still working tirelessly to keep our local communities safe, and it is appalling that they were assaulted in such a way when they were just trying to do their job.

“I hope the public can be assured by this sentencing that assaults of this nature will not be tolerated.”