A Broome woman has been granted bail after she was charged for spitting on three police officers, kicking one in the face while being arrested and then later spitting repeatedly on the glass walls of police lockup. Maureen Ishiguchi appeared before Broome Magistrates Court on October 16 and pleaded guilty to three counts of assaulting a public officer and one count of disorderly behaviour in a police station or lockup. The court heard the 44-year-old began yelling and swearing at a police officer in Cable Beach before being placed under arrest, spitting on the officer in the process. An assisting police officer placed a face mask on Ms Ishiguchi to prevent her from spitting again but was kicked in the face as she was being placed into the police vehicle and then spat one of the police officer while in the vehicle. While in lockup at Broome Police Station, Ms Ishiguchi repeatedly spat at the walls and was unable to be interviewed “due to her demeanour”. Defence lawyer Sam Naylor revealed his client previously had a few bad interactions with police, one of which her arm was broken during an arrest, causing her to be reactive towards officers. “Interactions with police never tend to end well (with her),“ he said. Mr Naylor also said while her behaviour and actions towards police were unacceptable, spitting was on the “lower end of the scale” of police assaults. WA Police Union president Paul Gale disagreed with this statement, saying spitting attacks are stressful and not at the lower end of the scale. “When an officer is spat on, there is a risk of unknown disease being transmitted which then requires blood samples to be tested by the chemistry centre in Perth for both the Police Officer and would-be offender which can take weeks to process,” he said. “Whilst waiting, which can take up to months, officers have to be cautious in their personal contact which makes life with loved ones and family difficult to navigate. “Let’s not forget that COVID-19 still poses a strong risk to officers’ health and safety, and spitting is a direct form of transmission.” Magistrate Deen Potter highlighted how officers are in a vulnerable position when loading an arrested person into a police vehicle and the mental toll it has on an officer who gets spat on. Ms Ishiguchi was granted bail until her sentencing on December 11 as they await psychological reports.