Two men have denied breaking into a nurse’s home while she treated patients with coronavirus.
They have been named as Jamie Roy Marriott, 30, and Scott David Colling, 28, both of Darlington.
The accused appeared at Newton Aycliffe Magistrates’ Court, in Durham, by video link today.
Marriott and Colling both admitted two charges of theft from a motor vehicle, but pleaded not guilty to a charge of burglary. They were remanded into custody to appear at Teesside Crown Court on April 26.
The accusations come after a number of incidents where emergency and NHS workers have been attacked during the coronavirus crisis.
A hospital worker suffered a fractured cheekbone after he was punched in the face while working at the Salford Royal Infirmary on Sunday.
Daniel Shevlin, 27 and of no fixed abode, appeared at Manchester Magistrates’ Court yesterday and pleaded guilty to causing grievous bodily harm without intent and using threatening or abusive words to cause harassment, alarm or distress.
Police officers were called just before 1.50pm to reports a man had assaulted a member of NHS staff at the hospital. The man, in his 50s, needed treatment for a fractured cheekbone but has since been discharged.
The case was sent to Manchester Crown Court, Crown Square for sentence next month.
And a Brighton man was jailed for 12 weeks after he spat at three police officers while claiming to be infected with coronavirus.
Police were responding to a report of criminal damage at a block of flats in Albion Street at about 5.50pm on Saturday when they were repeatedly spat at by Peter Davy, 65.
Davy admitted assaulting three emergency workers while using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour with intent to cause fear or violence and to cause harassment, alarm or distress.
He was sentenced to 12 weeks in jail at Brighton Magistrates’ Court today.
Divisional Commander for Brighton and Hove, Nick May said: ‘This is an appalling act by this defendant, against officers simply doing their job of protecting the public.
‘The fact that he spat at the officers is bad enough but to then claim to have Covid-19, makes the behaviour even more despicable. Being assaulted is not part of the job.
‘I very much welcome the sentencing of the court as it acknowledges the severity of this case.’