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Larne man found with grinder 'between buttocks' defecated in police cell, court hears

A Larne man found with a grinder "located between his buttocks" defecated and smeared his excrement on the walls while being held in a police cell, a court has heard.

Jamie McCombe (20) had been living in Coleraine at the time of the incident last month.

He is currently in custody charged with robbery at a chip shop in his home town.

On Monday he pleaded guilty to other matters which came to light in Coleraine in January.

He was arrested after a shoplifting incident in Coleraine. McCombe admitted receiving a stolen fragrance set; possessing cannabis; causing criminal damage to two police cells and two assaults.

A prosecutor said McCombe was arrested at the Simon Community in Coleraine and whilst in a cell at Coleraine Police Station he urinated on the floor and attempted to flood the floor by pushing a mattress down a toilet.

After the grinder was "located between his buttocks", the prosecutor said McCombe was aggressive and it took several people six minutes to restrain the defendant.

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Afterwards, he defecated and "smeared faeces on the wall" and the next day was still aggressive.

Defence barrister Alan Stewart said his client has mental health issues which were made worse when he sustained a very bad skull fracture in 2014.

Mr Stewart said although the behaviour was inappropriate, the defendant was unhappy in the police station because he was not getting his "anti-psychotic medication" and a complaint has been lodged with the Police Ombudsman.

McCombe was given a two-month sentence.

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