Lisa Smith

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A 19 year old man has appeared in court in Cork after allegedly spitting in the face of a Garda, telling him he has coronavirus.

Adam Olden of Leamlara Close, Togher is charged with assault and two public order offences.

Gardai were called to an incident at a house in the Togher area at around 2.30am this morning.

While there, the accused allegedly spat in the face of one of them, saying he had coronavirus.

Gardai described him as being aggressive.

The court heard that the guard – and another member who was at the scene – are in self-isolation and the judge remarked that Adam Olden had effectively taken two Gardaí off the streets for 14 days.

The court was also told that the 19-year old – who works in the retail sector – is showing no symptoms of Covid-19.

He had a lot of drink taken at the time and told Gardaí afterwards that it was a big joke.

He was remanded on bail on the condition that he abides by a daily curfew from 8pm to 6am, remains within 2kms from his home and Gardaí are at liberty to call to check that he’s at home and he must stand at the window when they call.

The case will come before the court for mention on April 1st.