A family is in mourning after someone spit on a woman who was selling tickets.
Belly Mujinga was a TSSA member and a ticket office worker. She died after being spat on at Victoria station concourse in London.
According to Mujinga’s family, she was stationed outside with another friend and they met someone who asked them “why are you here.”
Mujinga answered “we’re working”. The person then stated they had COVID19 and spat at them, according to Belly’s cousin, Agnes Ntumba:
Then the person said, ”I’ve got COVID and straight away he spat at them.”
Munjinga and her colleague after being shaken by the incident went inside and asked the manager to call the police, and requested they remain inside.
Belly had an underlying health issue and begged management to let them work behind a barrier away from people. Management told them they needed people working outside and denied the request.
According to Mujinga’s family they had her working outside without any protective gear on, including without masks.
A few days later both Mujinga and her colleague fell ill. Two weeks later Mujinga died of the illness.
Belly Mujinga was a member of the TSSA Union. The TSSA reported the incident to the Railways Inspectorate for investigation. The Railways Inspectorate is a safety division of the Office for Road and Rail (ORR). The British Transport police is now also investigating the incident.
Lawyers stated that it is “highly unlikely” that someone who spat on someone would be charged with anything other than battery, even if a victim became seriously ill or died because of that illness.
Dr Geoff Pearson, senior lecturer in criminal law at the University of Manchester, stated:
The reason for this is that the prosecution would have to prove (to a standard that the jury are sure, or ‘beyond reasonable doubt’) the element of causation – i.e. that it was that saliva that caused the infection that led to the serious illness or death.
If you could prove the causation element of the offence, then technically, in a situation where an individual suspects they could have COVID-19 and spits on another who then dies as a result of the infection, this could be manslaughter.
Bella had underlying respiratory problems and also had surgeries in the past. Her doctor phone her work on March 25th and asked that management give her time off because of her underlying conditions, but the workplace refused though they knew of her conditions. She died on April 5th, 14 days after the spitting incident.
The last time Mujinga’s family saw her was when she was taken away in an ambulance. Only 10 people were allowed at her funeral.
Police are still investigating the case and looking for the suspect.