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Spitter in Civic

By Auntyem - 24 February 2012 40

Today a lovely friend of mine was walking towards the Canberra Centre to buy her lunch when a man approached her (and without asking her for anything) he spat on her and ran off. Naturally, she was very upset and shaken, but she was also incredibly embarrassed and went home, showered and returned to work. Apparently other people saw this and ignored it.

I know a few people on this site work in Civic, so if you see someone spitting at people, please don’t ignore it – if you’re in a hurry all you need to do is call the police when you get back to work. Just tell them you’ve witnessed a situation and give them a description so we can get creeps like this off our streets.

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Spitter in Civic
KeenGolfer 10:57 am 24 Feb 12

Felix the Cat said :

As unpleasant and unhygenic as being spat on is I don’t think it’s a criminal offence so I doubt the Police will do much.

Incorrect. It is an assault. People get charged with assault for spitting quite regularly. If the person is HIV or Hep C positive and the spit was in the face it could be an ‘act endangering life’.

harryhaller 10:46 am 24 Feb 12

Spitting can be dangerous if the spitter has HIV and hits your eye for example. Just sayin’… I also don’t think police would ignore that issue if you reported it.

shirty_bear 10:33 am 24 Feb 12

Time to fill Civic with phlegm cameras.

Sammy 10:29 am 24 Feb 12

Felix the Cat said :

I don’t think it’s a criminal offence

Spitting on someone is absolutely a criminal offence

rhino 10:27 am 24 Feb 12

The police would not have been able to do anything at all even if it was considered illegal (which is questionable). I have gone to them complaining of assault in the city and they couldn’t do anything. Your best bet was to punch him in the face. Apparently they can’t track anyone down for doing that and you could get your justice that way.

The only way he could have been busted by cops is if he then got in a car and sped slightly. They cannot do anything about assault, vandalism or theft, just speeding.

rhino 10:23 am 24 Feb 12

The police would not do anything. I’ve gone to them for random assault including physical violence and they couldn’t do anything. So spitting, regardless of whether it is in fact illegal or not, would not be any different. It would just be a waste of time. The only way you could have gotten justice is by punching him at the time. They wouldn’t be able to ping you for it and you’d get your justice haha. They only seem to be able to ping people for speeding, not assault, vandalism or theft.

drfelonious 10:14 am 24 Feb 12

Spitting is assault.

Bluey 10:13 am 24 Feb 12

Felix the Cat said :

As unpleasant and unhygenic as being spat on is I don’t think it’s a criminal offence so I doubt the Police will do much.

Surely it would come under battery or assault of some kind. If I was to spray my own blood on you surely thats criminal. Spitting would be the same.

Personally I wouldve flattened the deadbeat and made sure the only thing he can spit is through a straw.

EvanJames 10:11 am 24 Feb 12

Felix the Cat said :

As unpleasant and unhygenic as being spat on is I don’t think it’s a criminal offence so I doubt the Police will do much.

but the police SHOULD do much. People seem to have the feeling that they have carte blanche to commit anti-social acts, and the police won’t do much. Can’t we as citizens say that actually, we want the police to get out there and stop this from becoming a common occurrance?

neanderthalsis 10:08 am 24 Feb 12

Felix the Cat said :

As unpleasant and unhygenic as being spat on is I don’t think it’s a criminal offence so I doubt the Police will do much.

I was under the impression that spitting is considered to be an assault. Indeed in R v Cotesworth SC(NSW), Hulme J, 17 October 1997, contacting another by spitting on them has been held to constitute an unlawful application of force or a battery.

Rollersk8r 9:59 am 24 Feb 12

Felix the Cat said :

As unpleasant and unhygenic as being spat on is I don’t think it’s a criminal offence so I doubt the Police will do much.

I beg to differ on the criminal offence! Plus according to NSW Police it’s perfectly reasonable to punch someone repeatedly in the head to stop them from spitting or biting etc!

Primal 9:58 am 24 Feb 12

Felix the Cat said :

As unpleasant and unhygenic as being spat on is I don’t think it’s a criminal offence so I doubt the Police will do much.

Assault? Public nuisance? Lots of options if they want one, I’m sure.

Gantz 9:56 am 24 Feb 12

Throwing a water bomb or wetting someone with a water gun will result in an assault charge.

If no an offence, go spit on a Cop and see what happens to you.

JazzyJess 9:36 am 24 Feb 12

Oh how awful for her. When I was walking through Garema Place with my sister and young son recently a well dressed middle aged man walked up to us and unleashed a tirade of sexually explicit language. Fortunately my son is too little to have understood his meaning but my sister and I were incredibly upset. Not the same as being spat on but very unnerving. That place is a magnet for the dregs of society.

Felix the Cat 9:20 am 24 Feb 12

As unpleasant and unhygenic as being spat on is I don’t think it’s a criminal offence so I doubt the Police will do much.

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