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Man who urinated in three cells after being arrested admitted ‘doing it for fun’

Police had been called to reports of man hanging out of window being abusive

A man who had to be moved to three separate cells for his own wellbeing after urinating in each of them will be sentenced next month.

Craigavon Magistrates’ Court was told on Friday that in a statement taken from the 59-year-old he admitted doing it for fun.

John Benedict Loughlin, of Cliftonville Avenue, appeared charged with two counts of disorderly behaviour, six counts of criminal damage and resisting police.

These were amassed during the course of two separate incidents dating back to February 9, 2016 and December 29, 2015.

Court heard that on February 9, 2016, police were called to Portmore Street, Portadown, to reports of the defendant hanging out of a window and being abusive.

Loughlin was warned to behave by officers but did not co-operate.

Police assessed his home and found it to flooded with water seeping into the apartment downstairs causing damage.

The defendant refused to tell officers where the water mains was, and an engineer had to be called.

Loughlin was escorted by police from the property but had to be lifted from the floor into the vehicle to be taken to the station

The defendant was cautioned, and he replied by calling the officers “f******” and “b*******”.

Whilst in his cell Loughlin proceeded to spit and urinate all over the room, despite there being a toilet.

Court heard the defendant had to be moved to three fresh cells with mattresses having to be cleaned for his own wellbeing.

At this point, District Judge Kelly stopped proceedings, not wishing to hear the details of the next offence, immediately ordering a pre-sentence report.

She stated: “I don’t know where to start to describe the actions of this man entering his 60s.

“In a statement, he says he was doing this for fun in the police cells.”

This case will return on October 12 for a pre-sentence report.

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