Prisoner’s ‘dirty protest’ in police cell

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A prisoner spat blood at a police officer and then staged a “dirty protest” with his excrement in a police cell, a court heard.

Gary Anthony Stoiles (39) who has a long record, had used choice language and refused to be arrested and handcuffed when police arrived after he had a fall-out with his mother Colleen Stoiles.

He flailed his arms around and kicked out as officers tried to put the cuffs on him.

Burnley magistrates were told how after he was detained, Stoiles spat at the officer from the back of a police van.

The defendant, of Kinross Street, Burnley, admitted police assault and damage to the cell to the tune of £85, on February 13th.

Stoiles, who has mostly committed dishonesty offences, was fined £70, with £135 compensation and was ordered to pay £40 costs and a £20 victim surcharge.

Prosecutor Charlotte Crane said Stoiles protested about being arrested. The officer he spat at was “somewhat distressed” by what happened and his £50 watch was damaged beyond repair when the defendant was refusing to be handcuffed.

Mark Williams (defending) said Stoiles did not wish to be arrested and handcuffed. go into the pavement and was then picked up.

He said: “His mouth was full of blood from his nose and he spat it out.”