Calendar An icon of a desk calendar. Cancel An icon of a circle with a diagonal line across. Caret An icon of a block arrow pointing to the right. Email An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of the Facebook "f" mark. Google An icon of the Google "G" mark. Linked In An icon of the Linked In "in" mark. Logout An icon representing logout. Profile An icon that resembles human head and shoulders. Telephone An icon of a traditional telephone receiver. Tick An icon of a tick mark. Is Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes. Is Not Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes with a diagonal line through it. Pause Icon A two-lined pause icon for stopping interactions. Quote Mark A opening quote mark. Quote Mark A closing quote mark. Arrow An icon of an arrow. Folder An icon of a paper folder. Breaking An icon of an exclamation mark on a circular background. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Caret An icon of a caret arrow. Clock An icon of a clock face. Close An icon of the an X shape. Close Icon An icon used to represent where to interact to collapse or dismiss a component Comment An icon of a speech bubble. Comments An icon of a speech bubble, denoting user comments. Ellipsis An icon of 3 horizontal dots. Envelope An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of a facebook f logo. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Home An icon of a house. Instagram An icon of the Instagram logo. LinkedIn An icon of the LinkedIn logo. Magnifying Glass An icon of a magnifying glass. Search Icon A magnifying glass icon that is used to represent the function of searching. Menu An icon of 3 horizontal lines. Hamburger Menu Icon An icon used to represent a collapsed menu. Next An icon of an arrow pointing to the right. Notice An explanation mark centred inside a circle. Previous An icon of an arrow pointing to the left. Rating An icon of a star. Tag An icon of a tag. Twitter An icon of the Twitter logo. Video Camera An icon of a video camera shape. Speech Bubble Icon A icon displaying a speech bubble WhatsApp An icon of the WhatsApp logo. Information An icon of an information logo. Plus A mathematical 'plus' symbol. Duration An icon indicating Time. Success Tick An icon of a green tick. Success Tick Timeout An icon of a greyed out success tick. Loading Spinner An icon of a loading spinner.

Dundee man who claimed to have Covid attacked customer, shopkeeper and coughed on cops after row over spilled sweets

Dundee man who claimed to have Covid attacked customer, shopkeeper and coughed on cops after row over spilled sweets

A shielding man launched a booze-fuelled attack on a shopkeeper and a customer over spilled sweeties, before he coughed in two police officers’ faces.

Neal Mulligan, 42, of Ballindean Terrace, admitted five offences at Dundee Sheriff Court, where he was remanded until sentencing.

The court heard Mulligan suffered from COPD and had been shielding for weeks before the series of incidents on April 5, stemming from a tub of sweets which he knocked over at Fairdeal Stores, on Ballindean Road.

Fiscal Depute Eilidh Robertson said the shop owner Hassan Mirza asked Mulligan to pick up the sweets, but he ignored him prompting another customer, Thomas Walton, 58, to ask again.

The fiscal said: “The accused turned round and punched him. Mr Mirza ran round the counter and the accused repeatedly punched him.

“He then picked up the sweets and threw them at Mr Mirza then ran off.”

Police were contacted and when they arrived Mulligan appeared back at the shop and became aggressive towards them, so officers took hold of him.

The fiscal continued: “The accused forcibly coughed in the direction of one of the police officers, then the other, saying that he had been isolating for 12 weeks because he has COPD and coronavirus symptoms including coughing and trouble breathing.”

Mulligan was taken to police headquarters, but remained within the car due to his Covid-19 symptoms, and was cautioned and charged before being taken home.

He claimed to have left his mobile phone in the shop so officers returned to get it and as they were speaking to Mr Mirza, Mulligan reappeared.

He began shouting racist abuse and making threats towards Mr Mirza and was taken back to police quarters and cautioned and charged again.

Sheriff Tom Hughes warned Mulligan that he faced a “long time” in prison.

He said: “It’s a repeat of your previous convictions and the problem is that this was not only one incident, it was continued for quite a while, totally and utterly unacceptable and reprehendable in relation to the officers.”

Sentence was deferred until September 16 for reports and Mulligan was remanded meantime.

Already a subscriber? Sign in

[[title]]

[[text]]

This article originally appeared on the Evening Telegraph website. For more information, read about our new combined website.