A security guard has spoken out about the moment he was assaulted by a shoplifter he had caught red handed.
The 39-year-old grandmother deliberately coughed at the dad-of-two after she was caught stealing body sprays and washing up liquid from B&M on March 27.
Mr Foreman, 27, was taking Stapleton to the detention room at the Dundas Arcade in Middlesbrough to inform Cleveland Police officers of the theft, when she attempted to get away.
Stapleton, of Londonderry Road, Stockton, denied the assault but has now been found guilty after a trial at Teesside Magistrates’ Court.
Jack, from Redcar, said he ‘s*** himself’ after thinking she could possibly have the deadly virus.
The incident happened just days after the UK was put into lockdown.
“I stopped her and as I was bringing her back in, with the B&M security guard, she threatened to spread the corona disease and coughed at me.
“I obviously stepped back from her and then she tried to run off. The other guard then followed and stopped her.
“I was s****** myself when she said that.”
Cleveland Police officers attended the scene and arrested Stapleton.
Stapleton, 39, admitted stealing from the B&M store and was convicted of the assault against the security guard on Tuesday after trial.
She was sentenced to four months behind bars for the attack.
Source – Teeside Live