22-year-old man smeared faeces over police cell

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A 22-year-old man who smeared his faeces over a police cell ‘caused disruption to police activity over the weekend’, a court has heard.

Aaron David Millar, of Barnewall Place, appeared at Derry Magistrate’s Court yesterday charged with burglary, taking a motor vehicle without authority and possessing offensive weapons.

He was further charged with criminal damage on July 26.

The court heard allegations that police were notified Millar had breached his bail.

They saw him in the early hours of the morning and he was pushing a motorcycle along Foyle Road.

Officers found the keys to the bike in his possession. They also allegedly discovered a potato peeler and a ‘pronged instrument’ in his possession.

The court heard allegations a burglary was reported a short time later. The alleged injured party reported that his bed had been overturned and the keys to his bike were stolen. It is alleged this matched the bike Millar was found pushing.

During police interview, the 22-year-old ‘talked nonsense’ and refused to answer questions.

The court was told when he was placed in a police cell he ‘defecated extensively and smeared it around the walls and camera of the cell’. An investigating officer said this caused ‘disruption to police activity over the weekend’ and will cost the PSNI money to repair the damage.

Opposing bail, the officer told the court police feared Millar will commit further offences as he has no respect for bail conditions.

She added the 22-year-old had breached bail by staying out past his curfew.

Defence counsel Steven Mooney said his client has ‘significant mental health difficulties’.

He said if the 22-year-old is remanded in custody it would ‘reduce his access to the help that he needs’.

District Judge Barney McElholm refused bail.

He said ‘quite frankly after the way he behaved over the weekend whatever help others are trying to provide for him is not working’.

Millar was remanded in custody to appear in court again via videolink on August 13.