British police arrest man who allegedly spat at Congolese woman who died of coronavirus in London
London, May 18, 2020 (AltAfrica)-British police said it has identified and questioned a suspect over an incident where a Congolese woman, a rail worker in London died of Covid-19 after being spat at by a man who said he had the novel coronavirus.
Belly Mujinga, 47, who worked in the ticket office at Victoria station, one of London’s busiest rail hubs, was on the concourse in March when a man who claimed to have the virus spat at and coughed over her and a female colleague
Both women fell ill within a few days of the incidentbut Mujinga, who had underlying respiratory problems died on April 5, 14 days after the assault at Victoria.
British Transport Police said detectives had now identified a 57-year-old man in connection with the incident.
“He was interviewed under caution today (Sunday 17 May) at a London police station,” a spokeswoman said.
“Detectives will continue to collate evidence and investigate the circumstances behind the incident. They are not looking to identify anyone further in relation to the incident.”
Prime Minister Boris Johnson told parliament on Wednesday that the death of Mujinga, who had an 11-year-old daughter, was tragic.
“The fact she was abused for doing her job is utterly appalling,” he said.
TSSA general secretary Manuel Cortes said: “We are shocked and devastated at Belly’s death. She is one of far too many front-line workers who have lost their lives to coronavirus.”
The union added that there were “serious questions about her death”.
“As a vulnerable person in the ‘at-risk’ category, and her condition known to her employer, there are questions about why she wasn’t stood down from frontline duties early on in this pandemic,” Mr Cortes said.