An injured mum-of-two spat blood at police and told them “I have HIV” as they helped her home after she fell flat on her face during a shopping trip.
Lucy Eden had been out buying presents for her son’s ninth birthday when she slipped and tumbled over on her way home.
But when two officers pounding the beat went to her aid, picked up her shopping and walked her home, 45-year-old Eden who was nursing a bloody nose, lost her temper on being asked to provide a contact number for her children’s father.
She spat blood at one of the constables before wiping her face with a cloth and then hurling it at the other officer saying: “‘I have f..ing AIDS, how do you like that?”
One of the two officers later had to go to hospital and get a booster jab to stop contracting potential viruses.
The other recalled how Eden looked ‘smug” as she hurled the blood stained cloth at him.
Eden, who lives in the Moss Side area of the city, admitted two charges of assaulting an emergency worker at Manchester Magistrates’ Court.
She was ordered to pay £100 compensation to each of the two officers, PC Harper and PC Matthew Bolland.
She claimed to remember nothing of the incident, denied suspicions she was drunk at the time, and blamed her behaviour on being “overwhelmed” during the shopping trip at around 11am on August 27, 2019
Prosecutor Miss Katie Beattie said: “PC Harper saw the defendant was sat in the street about half a metre away from the kerb.
Her shopping and her handbag were on the floor and blood was coming from an injury to her nose, so he got out of his car and went to speak to her.
“The officer believed she was intoxicated as she could not get to her feet. PC Harper and PC Bowling then sat next to her and could see she had also cut her top lip.
“It seems she had gone shopping to get things for her son’s birthday.
“The officers were concerned about the welfare of her children, who were at home. Her daughter is six years old and her son is nine years old.
“A male then appeared and started becoming obstructive when officers said they would walk the defendant back to her house.
“The male was unhappy with that, but the officers walked her back anyway. He placed the shopping bag on the table and the officer asked for the number of the children’s father. At this male then became abusive and so did Miss Eden.
“The officers did not want to apprehend them at the time in case her children were watching but the defendant then spat blood in PC Harper’s face and said, ‘I have HIV’.
“PC Bowling tried to deal with the male but noted the defendant had fresh blood all over her face and that the cloth she was using to wipe it off was completely red from the injury.
“PC Bowling told her to stop being aggressive and to stop spitting intentionally, but then she threw the cloth at the officer and it hit his forehead.
“She said, ‘I have f***ing AIDS, how do you like that?’ She was place in a a police vehicle but was difficult in that too and was very abusive in police custody.
In mitigation for Eden defence lawyer Emma Hassall: “She has no recollection of what took place and still has no recollection. But she will say she was not intoxicated at the time as she was shopping for son’s birthday.
She was overwhelmed with going to the shop because of her mental health and issues in the family.
“She recalls saying that the police officers would take her son but nothing else. She is extremely apologetic for her actions. The aggression she displays was because of her mental health and she is on new medication.
“She receives limited income and still has the children with her. There is no concern for either child now. She is extremely remorseful, and she has been particularly worried about this for a considerable amount of time. She accepts what she did was reckless.”
Eden was also sentenced to 12-weeks jail sentence suspended for 12 months.
Chairman of the Bench Nicholas Cummins told her: “The fact you cannot remember what happened, means it must have been an eye opener for you today to hear what you did.
“These two officers were trying to help you.”