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District judge tells man who urinated in police cell her pet dog has better bladder control

'I know how to fix this, put a nappy on you. How have you reached this age without being able to control yourself?'

A Lurgan man who urinated and spat in a police cell has been fined £200.

The 33-year-old, who represented himself in court, stated: “I asked the next day if I could clean it up.”

John Joseph Gentle, of Gilpinstown, pleaded guilty to criminal damage at Craigavon Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday.

Court heard that on March 11, at around 2am, police were called to a report of damaged windows at a property in Lurgan.

The defendant, whom they wished to speak to regarding that offence, was found in a neighbouring house.

He was taken into custody and whilst there he spat and urinated in a cell.

Court heard that the matter for which he was arrested did not proceed to prosecution.

Gentle, who represented himself, said: “I was overly intoxicated, I did apologise for my actions the next day.”

District Judge Bernie Kelly told the defendant: “I know how to fix this, put a nappy on you. How have you reached this age without being able to control yourself?

“I have a wee pet dog and he can control his bladder until I let him out to go to the toilet.”

The defendant commented: “I asked the next day if I could clean it up.”

District Judge Kelly told Gentle to behave himself in future as she ordered him to pay a fine of £200, along with the offender’s levy of £15, within 18 weeks.

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