‘Ladette’, 18, who spat in police officer’s face was too ‘young and immature’ to go to jail says judge
A prostitute who spat in the face of a police officer during a national strike while she was being arrested for burglary has been released from court after a judge said she was too ‘young and unfit’. grown up’ to go to prison.
Shanae White, then 18 years old, purposely lowered her mask and spat on Sergeant Matt Black’s forehead and cheeks during the outbreak of the pandemic while he was escorting her to a cell.
Sergeant Black, stationed at Bury Police Station in Greater Manchester, was unable to immediately wipe his face as he was holding the White Army.
He said he felt saliva running into his eyes and mouth. It was not revealed if he underwent any medical tests after the attack.
Shanae White (pictured outside court in Manchester) spat in the face of a police officer after she was arrested for stealing a pair of necklaces from a woman in Bury, but avoided jail after a judge said she was too ‘young’ and immature’
This is not the first time White (pictured) has gotten into trouble with the law, her behavior in part being attributed to her mental health issues.
In a statement, Sergeant Black said: ‘The incident made me feel nauseous. It happened during a pandemic and I am worried about catching the Covid virus and passing it on to my family.
‘I’d rather get punched than spit in the face.’
White, 20, a former marijuana smoker was detained after she threatened to stab a young woman in the street before robbing her of two necklaces – one given to her by her grandparents.
The woman arrested with a history of knife crimes, violence and resisting arrest later blamed her behavior on mental health problems stemming from ‘irresponsible parenting’ ‘ and abuse from family members.
No public apology has been made to either the officer or the victim of the robbery.
White tried to sell drugs to the victim, but when they refused, she became aggressive and snatched her necklace.
At Minshull Street Crown Court, Manchester, White, from Stretford, pleaded guilty to robbing and assaulting an emergency worker but was suspended for 20 months for two years.
She will also have to complete a course at ‘Problem Court’, a ‘Thinking Skills’ program plus a 20 Day Rehabilitation Claim.
She has been placed under a curfew since her arrest.
Sentencing judge Bernadette Baxter told her: ‘Robbery is horrible bullying violence where you threaten to stab someone and do what you did to that officer is absolutely disgusting and vile.
‘It’s a deliberate act on your part at a time of pandemic – people don’t go to work to be assaulted and abused in that way.
“But because of the children’s childhood, their immature childhood, difficult and tumultuous childhood along with domestic violence caused by irresponsible parents and because of their mental health difficulties, I can suspend the sentence.”
The incident took place during the national lockdown in 2020 and before a Covid vaccine was made available to the public
The 8pm robbery happened on November 11, 2020 after White targeted victim Leonie Heney, who was chatting with two friends in Bury’s town center.
Ms. Alexandra Sutton said: ‘White offered to sell drugs to them, but the group refused. She then asked them if they had any money on their phones and when they answered ‘no’ she asked if they had any jewelry and started getting aggressive.
“She said, ‘None of you have phones or jewelry? You are lying to me – I will stab you all!. ‘
She then got in Miss Heaney’s face and grabbed the three necklaces around her neck and pulled them off.
When the Police arrived, they took statements from the victims and saw White and one of them identified her as the culprit.
When arrested, White showed aggression and assaulted officers.
She initially agreed to enter the cell for a search and handcuffs were removed but when she was escorted into the cell by Sergeant Black, she abruptly stopped, refused to go any further, removed her mask and said she would spit. saliva on officer’s face.
‘She then did so and a large amount of saliva was released from two meters away and Sergeant Black felt it on his face, forehead, cheeks, lips and chin. At the time, he was restraining White with his hands and he felt saliva running into his eyes and mouth because he couldn’t cry. ‘
White (pictured) was released from prison, saying the judge cited her traumatic childhood and previous experience of domestic abuse as reasons for the lenient sentence
White, who did not respond to comment during the police interview, has had five prior violations on her record.
In 2019 she was given a 12-month youth rehabilitation order for assault sometimes causing actual bodily harm and she also has a criminal record for possession of a knife in a public place, assault and against personal computers.
In a statement, victim Ms Heaney told police the attack scared her to go out for fear she might become a victim of a similar robbery.
She said death threats were made, making her feel her life was in danger.
One of White’s accomplices, Ricaan Chevelleau, 19, of Blackley, Manchester, will be sentenced later.