A courtroom was forced to close when a defendant allegedly threatened to “cough everywhere” on social media – because he had the corona virus.
Ryan Keating, who appeared in the dock at Liverpool Magistrates’ Court yesterday morning, walked out of the building (September 8) after filing a plea not guilty to driving under the influence of cannabis.
The court staff was then briefed on the posts he allegedly made on social media.
The 27-year-old, from Gowd Avenue, Southampton, Kirkby, denies driving under the influence of drugs in March this year.
A SnapChat account with the username Ryan Cato has apparently posted a selfie with the caption: “Dean of this Corn Mate Met Wow”, Liverpool Echo reported.
There was also an amazing face emoji with the text.
A box of prescription medicine can also be seen in the picture with the head of the bare-chested man, as he is shown lying on the sofa.
Of the other two social media posts, an Instagram account with the username romeo_unoo_ – which has a web link from bio to r.keato – posted a blurry gray photo.
Its caption was: “Only in court Tomos hahaha Gunnar Kaf every time hahahaha”
Another image posted by the same account shows what the Covid 19 antigen test cassette looks like, with the caption: “New it’s not hanging yet”.
As a result of the allegations, courtroom 2-3 at Queen Elizabeth II Law Courts in Derby Square had to be vacated by staff before it could be subjected to a thorough cleaning.
Keating spoke only to confirm his personal details and pleaded not guilty to driving under certain controlled drugs.
According to the charge, he was driving on Whitefield Drive in Kirkby on March 19 when the proportion of a controlled drug in his blood – delta-9 – tetrahydrocannabinol – 3.4 micrograms per liter of blood, exceeded the specified limit. The legal limit is 2 micrograms.
Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol is an important psychic component in hemp.
Keating is due to appear in a magistrate’s court in January.
He was remanded on bail and asked to appear in court on October 20 for further hearing.
The Court of Appeal and the Tribunal Service (HMCTS) told the ECHO that the courtroom was closed as a precautionary measure and that other cases were not affected by the incident.
A spokesman for the HMCTS said: “Liverpool Magistrates’ Court staff acted swiftly once concerns were raised and as a precaution the courtroom was closed and thoroughly cleaned – scheduled hearings were not affected. ۔ “
All those present in court are advised to follow the NHS guidelines and not to go to court if they are found to be positive for Code-19.
Government guidelines state that if you have symptoms of the corona virus, you should not appear in court or at a tribunal hearing, whether you have tested positive or are awaiting test results.
You should also not attend if you have been asked by the NHS to isolate yourself or have returned from a trip abroad and are in quarantine.
If any of these apply to you, you should contact the court or tribunal immediately so that they can consider alternative arrangements. This may include a telephone or video hearing.
If you show signs of Covid 19 or find it positive within 72 hours of visiting the court or tribunal building, you are asked to contact the court or tribunal as soon as possible.
If you are medically weak, you should continue to follow the latest government rules and advice and contact HMCTS if you have concerns about entering a building.
There are additional hygiene and social distance measures to keep you and the court staff safe.
You can protect yourself and others by covering your face when you attend the hearing. Separate yourself from others. Wash your hands regularly and thoroughly. Leaving empty seats with you in the waiting rooms where you can. Follow any local instructions inside the building and leave the court or tribunal after your hearing is over.
The HMCTS encourages individuals to take a free, fast-paced background check-up test before coming to court or tribunal.
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