University lecturer, 55, avoids jail after spitting at police and telling them ...

'Despicable' University of Brighton lecturer, 55, avoids jail after spitting at police and telling them she has coronavirus when they arrest her Jane Challenger-Gillett, 55, spat at officers who attended her home in Brighton Senior university lecturer admitted two offences at Brighton Magistrates' Court Judge imposed six-month suspended sentence due to her 'family circumstances' University of Brighton said she is still working there and will 'investigate' further

By Katie Weston For Mailonline

Published: 15:47 BST, 9 April 2020 | Updated: 17:47 BST, 9 April 2020

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A 'despicable' university lecturer avoided jail after spitting at police and telling them she had coronavirus while being arrested.

Jane Challenger-Gillett, 55, breathed in and then spat at officers who attended her home in Brighton.

The University of Brighton senior lecturer, also known as Jane Challenger-Gillitt, appeared before Brighton Magistrates' Court and admitted two offences.

Jane Challenger-Gillett, 55, also known as Jane Challenger Gillitt, was handed a six-month suspended sentence after spitting at two police officers who attended her home in Brighton

Jane Challenger-Gillett, 55, also known as Jane Challenger Gillitt, was handed a six-month suspended sentence after spitting at two police officers who attended her home in Brighton

It was revealed she was in breach of a community order for abusing and assaulting officers who responded to a disturbance in October.

On April 1 she spat at police officers Alexander Ferguson and Stuart Ellis.

But she was spared a prison sentence because she is the sole carer for a 'vulnerable' partner and has been battling an alcohol problem.

Challenger-Gillett is a senior lecturer in computing, engineering and

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