A 25-year-old man has been remanded in custody after appearing at a special sitting of Carrick-On-Shannon District Court tonight where he faced a number of charges arising out of his arrest at a Covid-19 checkpoint in Boyle this morning. 

Joseph Clancy of Carrowcrory, Ballinafad, Co Sligo is alleged to have got out of his girlfriend's car, began recording gardaí on his phone and made threats against them.

He had been advised to turn around and go home at the checkpoint as he was travelling in excess of 2km from his home. He claimed he and his girlfriend were going shopping in Boyle, Roscommon.

Clancy initially refused to give his details and became extremely angry and aggressive telling gardaí he would get them when they were off duty.

He began spitting in the back of the patrol car whilst on the way to Castlerea Garda Station while he also allegedly tried to headbutt a garda twice.

He subsequently smeared his cell with his own excrement and told the court he did so because he had no toilet paper.

Inspector Tom Colsh objected to bail Judge Kilrane said the threats made were of the most serious kind and from observing him in court he was full of anger and hatred for the Gardaí.

The defendant, who interjected on a number of occasions during the short hearing was remanded in custody to appear by video link at Sligo District Court on Thursday next.