'I hope ye all get corona': Man allegedly spat at and assaulted Cork gardaí

'I hope ye all get corona': Man allegedly spat at and assaulted Cork gardaí

A 34-year-old man who was such an alleged risk to gardaí they had to put a face mask on him to stop him spitting at them, was remanded in custody today for a further week.

Sergeant John Kelleher said directions were still awaited from the Director of Public Prosecutions.

Richard Horgan with an address at Radharc na Fuinseoga, Mallow, County Cork, 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 month 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 on 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.

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

Frank Buttimer said Horgan had since secured High Court bail but had not been able to take it up yet.

Mr Buttimer said Horgan needed to discuss the matter with his solicitor, Cathal Lombard, for whom Mr Buttimer was standing in today.

Horgan appeared by video link from prison.

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