19-year-old man charged after allegedly spitting in Garda's face during domestic incident 2 months ago

19-year-old man charged after allegedly spitting in Garda's face during domestic incident

The man claimed that he has coronavirus after allegedly spitting in the Garda's face.

A man will appear in court on Sunday afternoon (29 March) following an incident in which he allegedly spat in the face of a member of An Garda Síochána.

Gardaí in Cork responded to the scene of a domestic incident at Deanrock Estate, Togher at approximately 2.30am on Sunday morning.

A 19-year-old man was leaving his home and subsequently became aggressive, reportedly spitting in the face of a Garda before announcing that he has coronavirus.

The man was arrested at the scene and taken to Bridewell Garda Station where he has been charged in relation to the incident.

He is due to appear before a special sitting of Anglesea Street District Court on Sunday at 12.30pm. Investigations are ongoing.

Gardaí are currently implementing a major nationwide operation in response to new restrictive measures introduced by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar in a bid to battle the Covid-19 outbreak.

As of Saturday evening, 51 people have died on the island of Ireland in association with the virus. The total amount of confirmed cases on the island of Ireland is 2,739.

"It is vital that people adhere to the social distancing guidelines. This will reduce the spread of Covid-19 and save lives," said Garda Commissioner Drew Harris on Friday.

"The vast majority of people are complying with the guidelines and we want that to continue this weekend. By all of us working together, we can flatten the curve and keep our loved ones safe."