A pensioner who smeared his own faeces on the wall of a police cell in the shape of a smiley face has been fined $5400 for a string of criminal charges.
Representing himself in Albany Magistrates Court, Andrew Graham King pleaded guilty to disorderly behaviour in a police station, criminal damage and obstructing public officers.
Prosecuting Sgt Mike Russell told the court police were called to a home in Mira Mar on April 8 where a drunken Mr King was trespassing on an associate’s property.
The pensioner refused a move-on request from attending officers and was then arrested and taken to Albany Police Station.
While in police lock-up, Mr King removed his clothes and urinated on the cell floor.
In what was labelled a ‘disgusting act’, Mr King then defecated in the corner of the cell and rubbed his excrement on the cell door and wall.
The cell had to be bio-cleaned at a cost to the taxpayer of over $880.
Mr King also damaged a police intercom which was rendered useless.
A self-confessed alcoholic, Mr King said he had relapsed before April 8 after staying sober for 20 years.
“It had been a long time since I had a drink,” he said.
“I put a lot of effort into changing my life.”
Magistrate Dianne Scaddan said Mr King’s behaviour in police lock-up was beyond juvenile.
“It’s entirely disgusting behaviour,” she said.
“Someone had to come in and clean up for you.”
Mr King was fined $2000 for criminal damage, $1,200 for disorderly behaviour, $600 for trespassing and $1,200 for obstructing police.