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'Ladette', 18, who spat in policeman's face was too 'young and immature' to go to prison says judge

'Ladette', 18, who spat in policeman's face was too 'young and immature' to go to prison says judge

A ladette lout who spat in a policeman’s face during a national lockdown as she was being arrested for robbery has walked free from court after a judge said she was too ‘young and immature’ to go to prison.

Shanae White, then 18, deliberately lowered her facemask and hurled saliva onto the forehead and cheek of Sgt Matt Black at the height of the pandemic as he was escorting her to a cell.

Sgt Black who is based at Bury police station in Greater Manchester was unable to immediately wipe his face due to him having hold of White.

He said he felt the spittle running into his eyes and mouth. It was not disclosed if he underwent any medical tests following the assault.

Shanae White (pictured outside court in Manchester) spat in a policeman’s face after she was arrested for robbing a pair of necklaces from a woman in Bury, but avoided jail after the judge said she was too ‘young and immature’

It is not the first time White (pictured) has been in trouble with the law, her behaviour was partly blamed on her mental health issues

It is not the first time White (pictured) has been in trouble with the law, her behaviour was partly blamed on her mental health issues

In a statement 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 be punched than have someone spit in my face.’

White, now 20, who had been smoking cannabis had earlier been detained after she threatened to stab a young woman in the street before robbing her of two necklaces – one given to her as a gift by her grandparents.

The arrested woman who has a history of knife crime, violence and resisting arrest later blamed her conduct on mental health issues stemming back to ‘irresponsible parenting’ and abuse from family members.

No public apology was given to either the officer or the victim of the robbery.

White tried to sell the victim drugs, but when they decline she became aggressive and snatched necklaces from her

White tried to sell the victim drugs, but when they decline she became aggressive and snatched necklaces from her

At Minshull Street Crown Court, Manchester, White, from Stretford, admitted robbery and assaulting an emergency worker but was given 20 months custody suspended for two years.

She will also have to complete a course at a ‘Problem-Solving Court’, a ‘Thinking Skills’ programme plus 20 Rehabilitation Requirement Days.

She has been made subject of a curfew since her arrest.

Sentencing Judge Bernadette Baxter told her: ‘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.’ 

The incident took place during a national lockdown in 2020 and before a Covid vaccine was available to the public

The incident took place during a national lockdown in 2020 and before a Covid vaccine was available to the public

The 8pm robbery occurred on November 11 2020 after White targeted victim Leonie Heney who was chatting to two friends in Bury town centre.

Miss Alexandra Sutton prosecuting: ‘White offered to sell drugs to them but this group declined. She then asked if they had a phone with credit and when they answered ‘no’ she asked if they had any jewellery and started to become aggressive.

‘She said: ‘Have none of you got a phone or jewellery? You’re lying to me – I will stab you all!.’

She then got in Miss Heaney’s face and grabbed three necklaces that were around her neck and pulled them off.

When Police arrived they took statements from the victims and saw White and one of them identified her as the culprit. 

When arrested, White acted aggressively and made reference to assaulting the officers.

She initially agreed to go to her cell to be searched and her handcuffs were removed but as she was being escorted to her cell by Sgt Black, she suddenly stopped, refused to go any further, removed the facemask and said said she would spit in the officers face.

‘She then did so and a large amount of spittle was projected from two metres away and Sgt Black felt it on his face, forehead, cheek, lips and chin. At the time he was restraining White with his hands and he felt the saliva run into his eyes and and mouth as he was not able to wept it away.’

White (pictured) was spared jail time, with the judge citing her traumatic childhood and previously suffering domestic abuse as reasons for the lenient sentence

White (pictured) was spared jail time, with the judge citing her traumatic childhood and previously suffering domestic abuse as reasons for the lenient sentence

White who answered no comment in police interview, had five previous offences on her record.

In 2019 she was given a 12 month youth rehabilitation order for assault occasioning actual bodily harm and she also had convictions for possessing a knife in a public place, assault and resisting a PC.

In a statement, victim Miss Heaney told police the attack made her scared to go out for fear she might fall victim to a similar mugging.

She said the stabbing threats issued made her feel her life was at risk.  

An accomplice of White, Ricaan Chevelleau, 19, of Blackley, Manchester will be sentenced later.

Source: Culled From Mail Online.

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