A teenager coughed in the faces of staff and repeatedly spat on the floor of a Sunderland children’s home after experiencing Covid symptoms.
Jude Carradice Lamond subjected staff to verbal and physical abuse while living at Forever Care Supported Living in Sunderland.
The 19-year-old threatened to kill one worker and told another he wanted to pull out their teeth.
South Tyneside Magistrates Court heard how he had been ordered to self-isolate between December and January after experiencing Covid symptoms.
But the teenager ignored the advice and left the supported living accommodation every day.
Prosecutor Ben Woodward said Carradice Lamond was repeatedly abusive and argumentative towards staff.
He told the court: ‘The defendant had Covid-19 symptoms and said to staff: “You are making me feel like a germ”. He spat round the house and coughed in their face.’
The court heard he repeatedly damaged property and abused staff while they were caring for him.
During one incident in January, the 19-year-old launched a tirade of verbal abuse at a worker and said: ‘I’m going to kill you’.
A court heard he told staff members ‘I just want to kill someone’ while also threatening to pull one staff member’s teeth out.
Between July 2020 and January this year he also damaged several doors of the property, injuring staff members in the process.
The 19-year-old pleaded guilty to seven charges of criminal damage, four charges of assault and one charge of failing to comply with a community protection notice at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court.
But, after moving to a different care facility, Carradice Lamond now hopes to stay out of trouble.
He told the court: ‘Where I am now it is a lot better for us. I want a better life for myself.’
Annalisa Moscardini, defending, said the defendant suffers from ADHD and Asperger’s Syndrome, and is receiving mental health support.
She said: ‘He is a young man with a lot of mental health difficulties.
‘He was locked in a home that was not appropriate for his needs. He has struggled a lot to cope in the environment he has been in.
‘Staff said they were doing the best they could but they weren’t set up to cater for his needs.’
Ms Moscardini said Carradice Lamond’s new home is better suited to his needs and he is receiving mental health support.
She added: ‘He is currently starting to look at counselling to deal with his very traumatic past.
‘There is nothing currently troubling about his behaviour. He wants to get some proper qualifications and wants to get a job.
‘Everything is now going really well for him. He feels like he’s a completely different person.’
The court heard Carradice Lamond, previously of Hewitt Avenue, Ryhope, Sunderland, now of Balmoral Court, Byker, is currently subject to a three-year community order.
Magistrates adjourned the case for a probation report to be created.
He was released on unconditional bail and will reappear at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court on April 13.