A MAN claiming to have contracted coronavirus threatened to cough on Gardai during a bizarre attack on staff at a shop in Dublin.
Officers were called to a shop in the Dame Street area of the Irish capital at around 2.45pm this past Saturday, April 4, following reports of a man throwing a shopping basket at staff.
The individual, who is said to be in his 30s, was detained shortly after leaving the premises.
He refused to provide his name to officers and allegedly resisted arrest.
The man then began to threaten to cough on the gardai in attendance, claiming he had coronavirus.
He was subsequently taken to Pearse Street Garda Station and is facing criminal charges in relation to the incident.
The man is set appear at the Criminal Courts of Justice on Monday at 10:30am.
A garda spokesperson told the Irish Mirror: "Gardaí received reports of a man acting aggressively and threatening staff at a retail premises in the Dame Street area on April 4.
"It is reported the man threw a shopping basket at staff during the incident which occurred at approximately 2:45pm. No injuries were sustained.
"The man, aged in 30s, who had left the premises was located a short time later by Gardaí.
"The man refused to provide his name to Gardaí and resisted arrest while threatening to cough on members stating he had the Coronavirus.
"The man was taken to Pearse Street Garda Station where he has since been charged in relation to this incident.
"He is due to appear before the Criminal Courts of Justice, Court 3, on 6th April 2020 at 10:30am."