Man spat in a police cell

Craigavon Courthouse. INPT21-239.
Craigavon Courthouse. INPT21-239.

After he was taken to the custody suite in a local police station a 21-year-old man spat in a cell.

Mark McKinley, Bluestone Hall, Craigavon, admitted a charge of criminal damage to a police cell on December 10 last year.

He was fined £250 and ordered to pay a £15 offender’s levy at Banbridge Magistrates Court last Thursday.

The court heard that after a damage only road traffic incident McKinley was taken to the custody suite at Lurgan police station where he spat a number of times in a cell.

A barrister representing the defendant said there had been a traumatic incident where a friend of the defendant had been brutally stabbed to death in 2012.

He added that the defendant had suffered post traumatic stress disorder as a result of what happened.

The barrister said that McKinley had spoken to his mother to come and collect him but she could not because of health reasons and in the cell he felt a sense of isolation.

He added that the defendant lost control of himself and would apologise profusely for his behaviour.