A man allegedly caught having sex in a toilet at the Hawera races appeared in court yesterday facing several charges.
Giles Buist Cullen, 26, a mechanic, was charged with indecent exposure, assaulting police, resisting police and wilful damage, when he appeared in Hawera District Court.
The police summary of facts says at 7.45pm on Saturday officers were told by security at the racing club's Whips and Spurs dance party that there was a naked man in the female toilets.
It alleges Cullen was found naked and wrestling with another man and three women.
He was put in a cubicle and told to get dressed.
When Cullen was told he was under arrest it is alleged he started to run toward the exit and then wrestled with two officers, before being handcuffed after a long struggle.
"The defendant stated he was only having sex with a lady in one of the stalls and the other women overreacted," the summary says.
His female companion was not arrested.
Cullen allegedly shoulder charged the officer, causing them both to smash a plate glass window.
The constable suffered cuts to his hands and was treated at Hawera Hospital.
Police prosecutor Steve Michael said the indecent exposure charge would probably be changed to one of offensive behaviour.
Defence lawyer Rajan Rai said Cullen disputed the charge because he claimed he and the woman were having sex inside a cubicle with the door shut.
Two other men had come into the toilets fighting each other and one of them pushed through the cubicle door.
It was then that police arrived on the scene, Mr Rai said.
The police summary also states Cullen did not believe he assaulted the officer because the constable was bigger than him.
"When questioned about resisting and the damaged window the defendant stated he was pushed through by the officer and held the view all police were corrupt, thieves and liars," the summary said.
Cullen was remanded without plea to appear again on October 23.
A bail condition is that he is not to consume alcohol.
Meanwhile, police are making further inquiries into the booze-fuelled antics during and after the race meeting.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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