Man arrested after coughing incident in Alexandra

A man is to appear in Queenstown District Court today after allegedly coughing at a woman while out walking in Alexandra.

Police say the incident happened on the Alexandra Bridge on Thursday, April 23 and inquiries led to the arrest of the 21-year-old.

He has been charged with obstruction of a medical officer, which carries a maximum penalty of six months in prison and a $4000 fine.

Police said they recognise that the last few weeks of the country being in Covid-19 lockdown has been a challenging time for many New Zealanders, "however, this type of behaviour will not be tolerated".

"We want everyone to stay safe, but if a small number of people persist in deliberately flouting the restrictions, police will have the discretion to warn, or if necessary, to arrest.

"We are asking people to stay local, apply common sense and be kind to one another."




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