A Timaru youth was yesterday asked by a judge how he would feel if someone defecated in his kitchen while he was eating.
Jireh James Hewlett, 18, pleaded guilty to a charge of offensive behaviour and one of breaching community work when he appeared in the Timaru District Court.
The court was told that about 9.30pm on March 2, Hewlett and an associate went into a pizza takeaway. His associate sat down on a bench in the waiting area and pulled his trousers down to his groin.
Encouraged by Hewlett, who was filming his actions, he defecated. There were five customers in the shop and other members of the public could clearly see his actions through the shop window.
Reparation of $1324 was being sought to cover contaminated food, the labour of cleaning the floor and the loss of business.
Judge Raoul Neave told Hewlett his actions were "offensive and absolutely disgusting".
"How would you like it if someone came and did that in your front room, or your bedroom or your kitchen while you were eating. It was foul and offensive."
Hewlett was convicted and fined $500. He was remanded on bail to September 10 to pay $662 reparation.
In June, Hewlett's associate, Blake Tyler McDonald, 17, was sentenced by Judge Joanna Maze to six months' supervision, 150 hours' community work and to pay $662 reparation for his part in the incident.
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