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Hythe man spat in victim's face after Covid-19 diagnosis

A man has been jailed after spitting in another man's face while knowing he had Covid-19.

Guy Nougher told his victim that he had the virus before spitting at him following an altercation in Hythe High Street.

Guy Nougher has been jailed. Photo: Kent Police
Guy Nougher has been jailed. Photo: Kent Police

The incident was sparked after Nougher, of Military Road in Hythe, was seen kicking the door of Nationwide on Saturday June 13.

A passing member of the public told him to stop, at which point he made threats to punch the man and pushed him with a clenched fist.

When the victim asked him to stand back, Nougher told him: "I have got Covid" before spitting in his face.

Following the 62-year-old's arrest the following day, officers discovered that he had been told of his positive diagnosis a full three days before the incident.

Appearing before Canterbury Crown Court on Wednesday, Nougher admitted charges of affray and assault.

'The circumstances must have been extremely worrying for the victim...'

He was sentenced to 21 months in jail, while the victim was forced to self-isolate before later testing negative for coronavirus.

Kent Police's Insp James Wyles said: "Nougher should have been self-isolating at the time of this incident, following his positive test, but instead he went out and committed this callous offence.

"The circumstances must have been extremely worrying for the victim and I hope our investigation, and the sentence which has been handed down, will give him a sense that justice has been done."

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