Man pees in public, soils cell blankets

16:00, Feb 13 2014

Urinating in public then defecating on police cell blankets has led to a stiff fine for a New Plymouth man.

James Sinclair Hobson, 31, a refrigeration worker, was drunk in Devon St West at 2.15am on February 8 when he started urinating on the footpath in full view of passers-by and made no attempt to hide what he was doing.

While in police custody he "excreted faeces on two blankets despite a toilet being available in the cell", the police summary says.

The soiled blankets were destroyed after they were deemed a "biological hazard".

Hobson pleaded guilty in the New Plymouth District Court on Wednesday to behaving in an offensive manner, intentional damage and possession of cannabis.

Hobson was convicted and fined a total of $500 plus court costs of $390.

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