While the coronavirus has brought to light many great stories highlighting the good sides of humanity, it has also brought out some of the dark sides as well. We’ve been covering many of these surprising and dark stories in our coverage of Covid-19, but a recent story about a man infected with coronavirus spitting on two subway workers and not only spreading the disease, but also leaving one dead is one of the saddest coronavirus stories we’ve heard yet.
Spitting on Someone is Battery
Even before the coronavirus pandemic, spitting on someone is considered battery as it involves indirect and unwanted physical contact with some potential to cause injury. This is also why spitting on someone’s food is battery. Even if the spit hit an unintended person, it would still be a crime because the spitting was intentionally done to hit someone. Normally this would just be misdemenaor battery, but if the victim suffers serious bodily harm (by getting sick with a dangerous disease, for example), spitting on someone can be a felony punishable by up to four years.
In many cases, a criminal lawyer could have misdemeanor battery charges reduced to assault, but if you’ve been charged with spitting on someone right now, the chances are quite a bit slimmer while everyone is concerned about Covid-19 exposure as the threat is far greater.
Spitting on Someone While Infected With Coronavirus
In our real life example, the man who spat on the two subway workers told them he had the coronavirus and shortly after, both women fell ill. Obviously this means that if the crime had taken place in California he could face two felony counts of battery, but generally, willingly infecting someone with a disease is another crime, punishable by up to six months in jail. On top of that, Covid-19 is so serious that even threatening to infect someone could result in criminal threat charges and actually infecting someone on purpose can be charged as terrorism because the disease is considered a biological agent.
With two counts of all of these charges, this man could easily face up to ten years in prison if the crime took place in California, but things are even more serious in this case.
Could Spitting on Someone With Coronavirus be Murder
Given that the man knew he was infected and intentionally spit on the women, the fact that one of the women died could even be charged as murder. It’s likely a good attorney could plead the charges down to manslaughter, but even so, he could face a long, long prison sentence for the crime.
Even though England’s justice system is quite different from our own, it’s very likely the man will still face a lengthy prison term if he is caught. If you have any questions about spitting on someone while infected with coronavirus, battery, manslaughter or anything else related to this case, please call Peter M. Liss at (760) 643-4050.
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