Police anger at Gladstone man's grotty smear on cell wall
NASAL discharge on a police cell wall has landed a Gladstone teenager in a sticky situation before the court.
Police accused Jye Davies of causing wilful damage to the wall at Gladstone watch-house about 5am on a Saturday after he was taken into custody for a street offence.
Prosecutor Darrell Dalton told Gladstone Magistrates Court that police were called to Kent St, West Gladstone, at 4am on July 9 after receiving 000 calls.
Sergeant Dalton said Davies, 19, was found on the side of the road with a neck restraint on his brother. Arrested for street fighting he was charged with a public-nuisance offence.
Taken back to the police watch-house, Davies had blown his nose then wiped this on the wall of the cell.
The wall had to be cleaned.
Davies pleaded guilty to committing a public nuisance on July 9 and wilful damage of police property.
Lawyer Cassandra Ditchfield said the matter had come about rather oddly when both brothers met in the street while walking home from different places.
Ms Ditchfield said the brother had been agitated and Davies was trying to calm him. She said both young men were intoxicated and the matter went further than it should have.
"He was only attempting to calm his brother down," she said.
Ms Ditchfield said Davies was a rugby league player of 14 years who played for a local club. He had no previous convictions.
No explanation was given to the court as to why the nasal discharge ended up smeared on the wall.
Magistrate Melanie Ho said the offences were in unusual circumstances and not the usual type of offence for a wilful-damage charge.
Noting his unblemished record and good character, Ms Ho fined Davies $300. A conviction was not recorded.