A Ballarat magistrate has lashed a 54-year-old man as ‘disgusting’ after he smeared his own faeces on police cell walls after being drunk on Howitt Street.
Osman Mettoglu pleaded guilty to drunkenness in a public place and acting in a destructive manner in police custody when he appeared in the Ballarat Magistrates Court on Monday.
Police prosecutor Leading Senior Constable Clint Prebble told the court on April 8, 2018 at 6.56pm, police attended Howitt Street, where Mettoglu was in a drunken state.
Police on scene said the man was “unsteady on his feet, with a strong liquor smell and slurred speech”, according to Leading Senior Constable Prebble. Mettoglu was arrested and taken to the Ballarat Police Station.
At 8.06pm, the court heard the man in custody became agitated and threw wet toilet paper at the security camera.
Officers cleaned the camera, with Mettoglu acting aggressively and yelling at the officers.
Fifteen minutes later, the man defecated on the floor, before throwing some of the faeces at the security camera and smearing it on the walls. He also urinated on the cell door and floor.
Magistrate Leonard Brear said he was bewildered as “someone had to go and clean” up after the man’s “disgusting behaviour”, and warned Mettoglu he was headed for a “terrible death” if he continued drinking to excess.
“He needs to be doing something about this problem, if he continues to drink to this extent he runs risk of liver damage and disease, it's a terrible death,” Magistrate Brear said.
His defence lawyer Andrew Madden said the man was in contact with the Ballarat and District Aboriginal Co-operative, with a counselling session around his alcoholism scheduled for April.
The man was fined $50 for public drunkenness and $400 for destructive manner in a police cell.
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