Mum spat in Garda’s face and said she had Covid-19

A mother-of-three spat in a Garda’s face and claimed she had Covid-19 when he arrested a friend of hers on suspicion of having drugs on the street.

Hoda Crosbie, 48, also yelled at gardaí that they were “f**king animals” as they interacted with her friend.

She had denied the allegations, saying she was only trying to help the man, who was suffering from a frail cancer, and was walking his dog, and she found the arrest too rude.

Judge Bryan Smyth fined her €600 and said she “overreacted”.

Crosbie, of the North Clarence Street flats, was found guilty of the assault and threatening, abusive and abusive behavior.

Garda Eamon Kelly said a man violently resisted arrest on North Clarence Street on August 16 last year.

The man was holding on to a gate and his dog, which was barking toward Gardaí.

Crosbie approached with a very aggressive demeanor, repeatedly shouting, “You’re bloody animals, get your f*cking hands off him.”


A large crowd gathered and Crosbie continued to be aggressive before spitting towards the Garda.

He felt the saliva hit his face.

Gda Kelly arrested Crosbie and asked her in the squad car if she had Covid-19 or any symptoms. She replied: “Yes, Covid and Covid symptoms.”

The Garda began self-isolating but found out the next day that Crosbie had tested negative for Covid-19.

The defendant said she went shopping and was “amazed” to see a Gardaí friend “slapped on the back” in the street.

She asked the gardaí to “please stop being so rude” with the man, claiming she was told to “get off and mind her own business”.

She replied, “How dare you say that to a woman?”

“I would never spit on another human being,” she said, also denying having said anything about Covid.

Crosbie had no criminal record. Mum spat in Garda’s face and said she had Covid-19

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