A ladette lout who spat in a policeman's face while being arrested for robbery has shockingly been allowed to escape a prison sentence.
Shanae White, who was 18 at the time of the attack, was labelled as “too young and immature” to go to jail by a judge at Minishull Street Crown Court in Manchester yesterday.
During the height of the pandemic in 2020, White pulled down a facemask and spat on Sergeant Matt Black.
At the trial, a statement from Sgt Black said: “The incident left me feeling sick.
“It happened during the pandemic and I was worried about catching the Covid virus and passing it onto my family.
“I'd rather be punched than have someone spit in my face.”
The woman was allegedly smoking cannabis before the attack, where she was being detained FOR having threatened to stab a young woman in the street before stealing two necklaces.
She also has a history of knife crime, violence and resisting arrest – all of which was blamed on mental health issues and potential upbringing problems.
The now-20-year-old admitted robbery and assaulting an emergency worker, and was given 20 months custody suspended for two years.
She also has to complete a course at the “Problem-Solving Court”, a ''Thinking Skills'' programme and 20 rehabilitation requirement days.
She also has to abide by a curfew.
Sentencing Judge Bernadette Baxter said: “The robbery was nasty bullying violence when you threatened to stab someone and to do what you did to that police officer was absolutely disgusting and vile.
“It was a deliberate act on your part at the time of the pandemic – people don't go to work to be assaulted and abused in that way.
”But because of the age you were at the time, and your immaturity, the very disruptive and difficult childhood you have had and your exposure because of irresponsible parents to domestic violence and because of your mental health difficulties, I can suspend the sentence.
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”Given your age, there is a real hope for rehabilitation but this is not a soft option for you. Your time will be called upon by the probation service to hopefully give you the tools you need to lead a structured life.
”The reason I can suspend the sentence is principally because of your age, your mental health and social circumstances. I'm giving you a chance so make sure you take the opportunity.'”
An accomplice of White, Ricaan Chevelleau, 19, of Blackley, Manchester will be sentenced later.
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