IMAGE: Man, 37, accused of punching a police officer in the face before spitting on him and claiming he had coronavirus
- Bradley Lonesborough, 37, reportedly beaten and spat in the face of the police officer
- Lonesborough is said to have told officers afterwards that he had coronavirus
- The police officer suffered bruises and abrasions, while another injured her wrist
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A man has been charged with beating and spitting in the face of police officers claiming to have coronavirus.
Bradley Lonesborough, 37, appeared in Wollongong Local Court, southern New South Wales on Monday, requesting no bail.
Lonesborough is said to have attacked officers when they approached him on Scenic Drive in Nowra on Saturday after noticing that Lonesborough was acting erratically.
Bradley Lonesborough, 37, (photo) is accused of slapping a senior cop in the face before spitting on him and claiming to have coronavirus
Lonesborough is said to have punched a senior agent and slapped him before the pair got stuck in a fight, according to the Illawarra Mercury.
During the battle, Lonesborough reportedly spat in the officer’s face and claimed to be infected with the corona virus.
Other officers came to the agent’s aid and sprayed Lonesborough with paprika spray, but during the arrest a female officer’s wrist was sprained.
During the battle, the officer suffered multiple bruises and abrasions on his face.
Lonesborough was then taken to Shoalhaven Hospital under police surveillance and later discharged.
He was later taken to Nowra police station and charged with two counts of attacking the police officer while performing his duty, causing bodily harm to the attacker while performing his duty. and intimidating the police into performing their duties.
His defense requested a court stay so that Lonesborough could pursue a drug rehabilitation program prior to the proceedings.
Lonesborough remains in custody until April 14 when the case is resumed.
After allegedly spitting in the high officer’s face, other officers came to the agent’s rescue and sprayed Lonesborough (photo) with paprika spray