19 May 2020

Covid-19: Man charged with coughing on people undergoing assessment

4:48 pm on 19 May 2020

A Christchurch man charged for intentionally coughing on people at a supermarket during the Covid-19 lockdown has been remanded in custody.

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Photo: RNZ / Richard Tindiller

Raymond Gary Coombes, 38, pleaded guilty to the offensive behaviour charge in April.

He is also facing two other charges by the police, including careless driving.

At the Christchurch District Court this afternoon, Coombes' lawyer says he was waiting for an autism assessment to be carried out before entering a plea on the additional charges.

Sentencing will be carried out on 16 June.