A railway ticket office worker who died of coronavirus after being spat at while on duty was “a good person, a good mother, and a good wife” who cared for everybody, her devastated widower has said.
Belly Mujinga, 47, was on the concourse of Victoria station in London on March 22 when a member of the public who said he had Covid-19 spat and coughed at her and a colleague.
Within days of the assault, both women fell ill with the virus.
Ms Mujinga, a mother to 11-year-old Ingrid, was admitted to Barnet Hospital and put on a ventilator but died on April 5, her trade union, the Transport Salaried Staffs Association, said.
Her husband, Lusamba Gode Katalay, said the suspect walked up to Ms Mujinga and spat in her face.
Mr Katalay said his wife had an operation four years ago and had underlying respiratory problems.
Within a week of the incident, she began to feel ill and was admitted to hospital on April 2.
Speaking to ITV News her cousin Agnes Ntumba said the family was still mourning.
The union has reported the incident to the Railways Inspectorate, the safety arm of the Office for Road and Rail, for investigation, and is taking legal advice on the situation.
British Transport Police are now investigating, although it is believed a complaint was not registered with them at the time, despite Ms Mujinga and her colleague asking staff at employers Govia Thameslink Railway to contact police, the union said.
A spokesperson for Prime Minister Boris Johnson called the incident "despicable".
"It is despicable for a key worker to be attacked in this way while serving the travelling public," the spokesperson said.
"Our thoughts are with Mrs Mujinga family’s at this terrible time."