Man painted police cell in blood

A Warwick man bit a wound on his hand and “painted” a police cell and its CCTV camera in his own blood, Warwick Magistrates Court heard yesterday.

In another “bizarre” episode by Thomas Edgar Nean, the 28-year-old was sentenced to six months imprisonment with immediate parole after he pleaded guilty to public nuisance and wilful damage.

Police prosecutor Steve de Lissa explained that on March 15, police went to the corner of Fitzroy and Palmerin streets, where they found Nean smashing a shopping trolley and glass in the street and shouting obscenities.

“Police observed him with blood all over his clothing, which appeared to come from a cut he had on his little finger of his right hand from the smashed glass.”

Nean was taken into police custody but he started biting at the wound on his hand and spreading the blood on the walls and on the CCTV camera.

He was released on bail but failed to appear at his court hearing and was also charged for this.

Just five days before the incident, Nean had appeared before Magistrate Anne Thacker and was given a suspended sentence for a similar charge.

His defence conceded his string of previous offences didn't help his case.

“He doesn't do a whole lot to help himself,” the court heard.

However, his defence solicitor said Nean did only temporary damage to the CCTV camera and he did eventually turn himself in to police.

Magistrate Anne Thacker said she was “at a loss” to understand Nean's behaviour.

“You have been given opportunities before. Today is the day you pay your penalty.”

She sentenced him to six months imprisonment with an immediate parole release date of yesterday.



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