A FARTOWN man has been ordered to pay compensation after wrecking a police cell intercom while he was in custody.
Simon Richards, of Abbey Road, wrecked the £200 device because he was not getting attention from one of the officers.
He was ordered to pay for this by Kirklees magistrates yesterday.
The Huddersfield court was told that the 30-year-old had been arrested on suspicion of burglary on January 23.
He had been seen running around the back of Birkby Junior School with a bag in one hand and a TV monitor in another. He was found by police ‘panting’ and ‘sweating profusely’ in a garden and couldn’t explain why he was there.
Richards was arrested and taken to Castlegate police station.
He was searched and a small quantity of cannabis was found in his jacket pocket.
Richards was then moved to one of the cells but officers later found debris all over the floor. The panel of the intercom had been pulled off and broken, leaving wiring exposed and the cell deemed unusable.
Ian Whiteley, defending, said that Richards damaged the cell out of ‘frustration’.
He said: “He was trying to get the attention of the detention officer, but he was ignoring him and he lost his temper and accepts criminal damage.”
Magistrates ordered Richards to pay £200 compensation for the damage as well as a £25 fine and £15 victim surcharge.
They also told him to pay £25 for possessing the cannabis and ordered the destruction of the drug.