By Katie Weston For Mailonline
Published: 15:47 BST, 9 April 2020 | Updated: 17:47 BST, 9 April 2020
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
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