Cork court: Gardaí say they needed to put a face mask on accused to stop him spitting at them

Cork court: Gardaí say they needed to put a face mask on accused to stop him spitting at them

A 34-year-old man who was remanded in custody after gardaí alleged they had to put a face mask on him to stop him spitting at them, appeared in court today by video link from prison.

Solicitor, Cathal Lombard, for Richard Horgan with an address at Radharc na Fuinseoga, Mallow, County Cork, said, “He wishes to have the case dealt with as soon as possible.” 

It was not possible for the case to advance today in the absence of directions from the Director of Public Prosecutions. 

Sergeant John Kelleher said directions were not yet available from the DPP and that it was a very recent case.

Judge Olann Kelleher acceded to an application to adjourn the case for a fortnight. 

On May 6 Horgan will appear again at Cork District Court by means of video link to prison.

Horgan is accused of assaulting Garda Benjamin McNamara in the course of executing his duty at Radharc Na Fuinseoga, Mallow, and unlawfully obstructing Garda McNamara and Garda Conor O’Halloran in the course of executing their duty at the same address.

Garda McNamara said at Horgan’s first court appearance last week that gardaí would allege that Mr Horgan was highly intoxicated when they arrived at the house and became highly aggressive when gardaí attempted to arrest him and remove him from the house.

Garda McNamara alleged that Mr Horgan spat at him and at three other gardaí in attendance and then shouted at them “I hope ye all get Corona.” 

Gardai had to put a mask on him to stop him spitting at them.

Garda McNamara said that due to Mr Horgan’s behaviour last Thursday, April 16, there was a risk of him spreading the Covid -19 virus as he showed little regard for the gardaí or others in the house by his actions in the course of his arrest.

Horgan gave evidence in his unsuccessful bail application last week and denied assaulting gardaí or spitting at them. 

“That’s a lie – there is no way I spat at the guards, my mother brought me up better than that,” he said.

Judge Patricia Harney refused the bail application last week, expressing concerns that he would not be able to abstain from alcohol and given the country was in the middle of a Covid-19 pandemic. 

Horgan was remanded in custody to appear before Judge Kelleher who further remanded in custody for the next two weeks.

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