County Down man defecated in cell and told police: 'I could have an accident'

County Down man defecated in cell and told police: 'I could have an accident'

A COMBER man defecated in a PSNI cell at Musgrave Police Station in Belfast and after he smeared the walls he told police: "There is no sanitisation in here I could have an accident".

Gary Butler (40), of Straiddown Green, admitted causing criminal damage to a police cell on February 18 last year.

He also admitted possessing cannabis.

The defendant had denied a charge of driving dangerously in the Castle Street area of Comber in relation to February 18 last year but was admitting careless driving.

After watching footage of a car mounting a kerb and reversing at speed into the side of a parked vehicle, District Judge Mark Hamill said he was not going to convict the defendant of dangerous driving because it was "astonishing" that other charges including failing to stop, remain and report a collision were withdrawn by prosecutors and as such it was the defendant's "lucky day".

He told the court: "That's why I am going to convict him of careless driving. I am not going to put him off the road since you completely denude this court of any powers to disqualify him".

A defence lawyer told Newtownards Magistrates Court the defendant was "exceptionally sorry" for the offences.

The lawyer said there was "no drink or drugs involved".

He said there were no passengers with Butler and nobody in three vehicles he had collided with and, thankfully, there had been no injuries.

The lawyer said Butler was "remorseful and obviously he didn't mean to do it".

The court heard the defendant had "mental health issues".

Judge Hamill told Butler that for the "mess you made in the cell" he was getting a one year conditional discharge and he also ordered him to pay compensation of £250.

The defendant was fined £60 for the drugs offence and for the driving matter he was given six penalty points and fined £100.