Man pooed in cup and tried to eat it after smearing police cell with faeces
A man defecated into a cup and tried to eat it after smearing the walls of a police cell with his own poo, a court heard.
James Lane was arrested in Llanelli, in Carmarthenshire, after causing a nuisance outside a hair salon in the town, Wales Online reports.
Staff and customers had seen part of his exposed genitals in the ordeal, although things got even worse when he was taken into custody on August 11.
The 38-year-old spat at officers, smeared faeces over his cell and himself, and headbutted a metal toilet bowl before trying to eat his own faeces as a “curtain call”.
James Hartson, prosecuting, said a “clearly intoxicated” Lane was “making a nuisance of himself” outside a hair salon in the town and trying to get inside.
Swansea Crown Court heard the defendant was wearing a loose pair of shorts which were falling down and “part of his genitals were exposed” as he attempted to enter the salon.
When he was refused entry to the hairdressers he became irate and concerned staff rang the police. Lane was subsequently arrested and taken to Ammanford police station.
Mr Hartson said the defendant was “uncooperative” with officers and refused to walk to his cell so had to be carried. While being carried on his back he twice he spat into the air with the phlegm and spittle landing on a custody officer’s head and body.
The court heard that once in his cell Lane defecated on the floor and smeared the excrement over the walls and over himself before headbutting the metal toilet bowl in the room. Because of concerns he may have injured himself the defendant was taken to hospital but while being walked to a waiting police vehicle he spat through the open window of a parked police car.
The prosecutor said the following day officers tried to interview Lane but he refused to cooperate then “defecated into a cup and attempted to eat it”. No further attempt was made to interview him.
The court heard the officer he spat on said he was “disgusted” by the defendant’s actions while the cell Lane defecated in was out of action until it could be deep-cleaned by a specialist firm.
Lane, now of no fixed abode, pleaded guilty to assaulting an emergency worker and two counts of damaging property – the police cell and the police car – when he appeared in the dock via videolink from Parc Prison.
He pleaded not guilty to a charge of exposure – a plea which Mr Hartson said was acceptable to the prosecution as the incident was “not a sexual offence classic of its type” and the the Crown would have “difficulty proving not just intent to expose his genitals given his state but the intent to cause alarm and distress to customers and employees of the salon”.
The court heard Lane has 43 previous convictions for 93 offences including assault occasioning actual bodily harm, battery, supplying Class A drugs, house burglary, three for assaulting police officers, and 44 for theft and other dishonesty matters.
Kate Williams, for Lane, said the defendant had “very little recollection of the events of the day” due to his level of intoxication through drink and drugs. She said he had been in poor state of mental health at the time but was better now and could see the distress his actions would have caused.
Judge Paul Thomas QC told said it was clear Lane had been “hopelessly drunk” on the day in question to the point where his shorts were falling down.
He described the defendant’s subsequent behaviour while in custody as “appalling” involving spitting at officers at a time of heightened concern about coronavirus and then “as a curtain call” defecating into a cup and trying to eat it.
The judge said he wondered whether Lane ever stopped to think about the “spectacle” he presented to others.
Lane was jailed for a total of eight months and will serve up to half in custody before being released on licence.
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