Mark Palmer, 55, invited a friend to his home in Cambridge while his wife was at the store. When she returned home around 2:30 p.m. on April 1, she found Palmer and his friend drinking beer together in the kitchen.
The woman, in her forties, told her husband that he could not stay at home to do this, lest he follow the advice of self-isolation and could put her in danger of catching COVID-19.
An argument then began and Palmer assaulted his wife several times, grabbing her head and pushing her to the ground.
He then poured beer on the victim and threw his plants across the room.
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When she went into the garden to try to escape, he grabbed her neck and threw her again on the ground, spitting in her face and saying “I hope you catch a coronavirus and die.” “
The victim then tried to go to the front garden so that neighbors or passers-by could see what was going on. But he followed her, kicked her in the car, and threw stones at her as she tried to escape.
The victim was able to get on the road and use another person’s phone to call the police and alert him of the attack.
As Palmer noticed what she was doing, he returned to the victim’s address and broke his iPad.
When the police arrived, they found the couple sitting on the street with Palmer arguing that they “only had one servant”.
As an officer attempted to arrest Palmer, he assaulted them in the face before standing in a boxer-like position, fists close to their faces.
When a second officer attempted to arrest Palmer, he also assaulted them and fled into the garden before reappearing with a block of concrete lifted above his head.
He attempted to chase the police with the block before the police used a pepper spray which forced him to stop and drop the block when asked.
At the time of his arrest, he spat on the two officers and said, “I’ll give you all the coronavirus” before making a homophobic comment.
When Palmer was searched, he was also found to be in possession of cannabis.
Palmer, of Edinburgh Road, Cambridge, admitted to committing common assault, two counts of criminal harm, two counts of assaulting a worker, possession of class B drugs and an offense under section 4A of the Public Order Act.
He was sentenced to 42 weeks in prison at the Peterborough Magistrates ’Court on Friday April 3.
DC Sean Clery said: “This is a despicable incident in which Palmer used excessive violence and made rude comments regarding the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
“This type of behavior against the victim and the police, who were just doing their job, is completely unacceptable and will not be tolerated.
“I would like to congratulate the victim for his courage and quickness in calling the police, which allowed us to apprehend this dangerous man and bring him quickly to court.
“I hope the sentence shows how seriously the police and the courts take this type of crime. Combating domestic violence is one of our top priorities and I hope this will send a clear message that we are there for the victims and will do everything we can to protect them. “