Bail for Joe Field after he appears in court charged with coughing at Hampshire police

A MAN has been bailed after appearing in court charged with coughing at police and claiming he had Covid-19.

Tuesday, 28th April 2020, 10:55 am
Updated Tuesday, 28th April 2020, 8:54 pm

Joe Field, 25, of Westerham Close, Wymering, appeared at Portsmouth Magistrates’ Court yesterday via telephone audio call from Portsmouth's police investigation centre in Copnor.

It comes after an incident at 10.53pm on April 24 in Allaway Avenue, Paulsgrove.

Field is charged with assaulting an emergency worker, assault by beating and criminal damage.

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District judge Gary Lucie told Field he could not hear a contested bail application or take any pleas over the phone.

Had there been a video-link from the police station this would have been possible, he added.

Field was bailed to appear at court on June 8.

He must comply with a 11pm to 5am curfew, and must not use a taxi.

‘The next hearing is on June 8,’ judge Lucie told Field.

‘I can’t say whether that hearing will go ahead on that date.’

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A Hampshire police spokeswoman previously confirming Field had been charged said: ‘Officers investigating an incident where a man coughed at a police officer, claiming he had coronavirus, have charged a man.’

The News listened into the case remotely.

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