A Northern Ireland footballer has admitted spitting at a police officer at the height of the coronavirus crisis.
Under-21 international Ben Kennedy also confessed to breaking lockdown restrictions during an incident in Lisburn on April 30.
The defendant further admitted making a threat to destroy property on May 5.
The case against the 23-year-old, who was recently released by former club Stevenage Borough FC, was heard at Lisburn Magistrates Court.
Defence solicitor Peter Prenter confirmed his client was pleading guilty to assaulting the officer, breaking coronavirus lockdown regulations and threatening to destroy property.
A further charge accusing the defendant of using disorderly behaviour on Longstone Street on the same date as the assault was withdrawn by the prosecution.
Mr Prenter told District Judge Amanda Brady she would likely want to see a probation report before passing sentence because the attack on the police officer involved spitting.
He said his client was dealing with a mental breakdown at the time of the assault and wished to return to England after having the matter resolved.
The judge said she was not happy to deal with the case immediately.
She ordered the probation board to compile a pre-sentence report and adjourned sentencing until August 6.
Kennedy, originally from the Carntogher Road in Lisburn, has represented Northern Ireland at under-17, under-19 and under-21 levels.
He joined Stevenage on a two-year youth scholarship in the summer of 2013 and broke into the first-team during the 2014-15 season.
The club was recently relegated from Sky League Division 2 and is set to start next season in the fifth tier of English football.
Kennedy, who made 167 appearances for the side, headed a list of 22 players released by Stevenage.