Prisoner paints peace with poo: police

A GUNDIAH man was clearly in a crappy mood when he was taken into the Maryborough Watchhouse earlier this month for being a public nuisance.

Rodney Alan Gillespie, 34, fronted the Maryborough Magistrates Court yesterday on charges resulting from his “disgusting” alleged behaviour in the watchhouse on July 9.

The court heard the 34-year-old started displaying “erratic” and “violent” behaviour as police officers placed him in a cell.

“It is alleged he spat through the door at a constable,” police prosecutor Michael Quirk said. “It landed on his face and jacket.”

What allegedly followed was just as disturbing.

Sgt Quirk said officers allegedly witnessed Gillespie defecate in the corner of his padded cell before smearing it across the windows and throwing it around the room.

He also allegedly managed to push faeces under the door of his cell and into the corridor as well as using it to write “peace” on the wall.

When he ran out of “ammo”, Gillespie allegedly attempted to defecate again – twice – but to no avail.

Sgt Quirk described the alleged behaviour as “shocking” and disgusting”.

Gillespie, a farm-hand at Gundiah near Tiaro, had charges of public nuisance, obstruct police, serious assault of police and wilful damage of police property – adjourned.

He was not granted bail.

Magistrate John Smith remanded Gillespie in custody after he heard the alleged facts and saw the defendant’s criminal history.

This included convictions for wilful damage, assault police and trespass.

Gillespie’s defence counsel told the court the defendant planned to contest the charges.

“The whole event was out of character,” she said.

Gillespie will re-appear in court in two weeks.


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