Cop’s disease fear after drunk man’s disgusting act
THE taste of blood filled a police officer’s mouth and fear later filled his mind when a drunk man with a blood-borne disease spat into his mouth.
Kingston Parker-Puohotaua, who had been locked up since the incident on November 3, hoped the police officer could forgive him after enduring months of tests, emotional turmoil and antibiotics from the “degrading” act he committed on a night out.
The 22-year-old, who was diagnosed with chlamydia, spat blood and saliva in the eyes, mouth and face of a police officer after getting into a fight.
The officer was trying to load an “agitated” Parker-Puohotaua into a police car when he lashed out.
The court heard the officer tasted the blood immediately.
A “powerful” victim impact statement told of the significant impact the police officer endured after learning the offender had a communicable disease.
Despite the low risk of transmission, the officer had to adhere by strict conditions to ensure he was clear, including rounds of antibiotics and having no physical contact with his family.
“I cannot imagine a more insulting, degrading thing to do … and it’s even worse to someone doing their job,” Magistrate Matthew McLaughlin said.
Parker-Puohotaua pleaded guilty at Maroochydore Magistrates Court today to seriously assaulting and obstructing a police officer.
Defence lawyer Lachlan Ygoa-McKeown said his client was unaware he had chlamydia at the time.
He felt compelled to write a letter to his victim from jail saying prison changed his whole view on life and he hoped the officer could forgive him.
Parker-Puohotaua breathed a sigh of relief, rubbing his face in shock, when he learned he would be released today.
He was sentenced to nine months’ jail, taking into account 80 days already served, and released on parole today. Convictions were recorded.