Jailed for throwing ‘rotten’ food in cell

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A 27-year-old man who threw food over the walls of a police cell because it was “rotten” has been jailed for four months.

Stephen Thomas Gillen, of Cornshell Fields, pleaded guilty to possession of a class B drug and causing damage to a police car and a police cell.

The charges relate to an incident on April 13.

Derry Magistrate’s Court heard police were in the Rosemount area when they saw Gillen standing drinking in an alleyway with a group of other men.

The officers saw one of the men pass something to the 27-year-old before they realised police were there.

The other men ran off, leaving Gillen behind.

As he walked towards police he threw something from his pocket which police later found to be be a class B drug.

Gillen was arrested and as he was taken to the police station he spat in the car.

The court heard when at the police station he asked for a hot meal and threw it over the walls of his cell. When charged with a further count of criminal damage, Gillen said “the food is absolutely rotten”.

Defence solicitor Paddy MacDermott said his client “accepts his behaviour is unacceptable” and urged the court to give the 27-year-old credit for his plea.

Jailing Gillen for four months, District Judge Barney McElholm also ordered him to pay £150 compensation to the PSNI.