A coalman has been fined for throwing excrement around a police cell.
Kevin McAleese (45), of Gortaheran Crescent, Portglenone, defecated in a police station before throwing excrement around, Ballymena Magistrates Court heard.
The defendant has pleaded guilty to a charge of causing criminal damage to a cell belonging to the PSNI on May 25 this year.
The court heard charges of assaulting his partner and causing criminal damage by “cutting up her clothing” were withdrawn.
With the defendant watching on through a video link from his solicitor’s office, a prosecutor said the defendant had been arrested in relation to a “domestic incident which then did not proceed”.
The lawyer said McAleese was taken to Antrim Police Station and after he started “acting erratically” during an interview he was placed in a cell where he “stuffed his trousers into the toilet” and caused so much disruption that he had to be moved to another cell.
The court heard excrement was then observed in the middle of the second cell and after continually shouting at police he “then lifted the excrement and threw it around the cell”.
Defence solicitor Stewart Ballentine said the defendant apologised for his actions which his client accepted were “totally deplorable”.
The defence solicitor said his client “had basically a meltdown” after being arrested for a domestic incident and feeling aggrieved at being taken to the police station.
The solicitor said McAleese was a coalman working in the Portglenone area who had provided supplies to the elderly during the Covid lockdown.
Mr Ballentine said the defendant was “deeply embarrassed and ashamed” at what happened in the police station.
District Judge Peter King said it was “astounding” that someone of McAleese’s age with a limited record was before the court for such behaviour.
Fining the defendant £250, the judge said: “I’m treating this as a one-off”.