Man tells sentencing hearing why he treated cell as toilet

A man described to the judge at a sentencing hearing why he urinated and defecated in a holding cell at the New Minas RCMP station after being arrested for public intoxication and obstruction. (IAN FAIRCLOUGH / Local XPress)

A man described to the judge at a sentencing hearing why he urinated and defecated in a holding cell at the New Minas RCMP station after being arrested for public intoxication and obstruction. (IAN FAIRCLOUGH / Local XPress)

By IAN FAIRCLOUGH LocalXPress

A Kings County man told a judge Thursday that alleged mistreatment during and after his arrest for public intoxication led him to urinate in an RCMP holding cell, shove feces under the door and smear it on the walls. 

“I was being treated like an animal, your honour, so I behaved like an animal,” 53-year-old Greg Stanley Hammond told Judge Theodore Tax in Kentville provincial court. “I gave them exactly what they wanted.”

But Hammond, who represented himself at his sentencing for mischief and failing to appear in court, didn’t provide any evidence of what he meant by that. 

He said that the Crown “didn’t mention the fire hose that they had taken to me while I was in there,” and also said that he was flipped over a railing at a coffee shop during his arrest on July 18, 2014.

“If it had been a clean cell, and the toilet hadn’t been covered in blood, puke and crap already, maybe I would have sat down on it,” Hammond said.

He didn’t present any evidence to back up his allegations about the toilet, fire hose or being flipped.

Tax told Hammond, who pleaded guilty to the charge earlier this week, that those issues didn’t pertain to the essential elements of the charge in any event, but could be brought up through other channels outside court if he wished.

Crown attorney Dan Rideout told the court that Hammond was “grossly intoxicated” when he was arrested for public intoxication and obstruction on Main Street in Wolfville.

Hammond was taken to the holding cells at the New Minas RCMP office, where “he was described as belligerent: cursing and swearing at the officer, demanding that he be released and insisting that he wasn’t drunk,” Rideout said.

“He began to purposely urinate on the cell floor near the door so that his urine would flow into the cell block area. He then began to defecate on the floor and used his hands to push feces under the cell door out into the cell block hallway, and smeared feces on the walls of the cell that he was in.”

Rideout said the officer put a mattress at the bottom of the door to try to prevent more urine and feces from getting into the hallway.

Hammond agreed that his actions in the cell were as Rideout described them.

Rideout said the cell where Hammond was held had to be professionally cleaned to be made sanitary.

Hammond was released the morning after his arrest and scheduled to appear in court in October 2014, but never showed up. He was arrested last month after police came across him, but  Rideout wasn’t sure how he was located. 

Hammond pleaded guilty Monday to both charges.

Rideout asked Tax to impose a $350 fine on the mischief charge and $150 for failing to appear, along with one year of probation and a restitution order of $470 to the RCMP for the cleaning of the holding cell. 

With surcharges, the total fine was $650 on top of the restitution order. Hammond was also placed on probation for 12 months. 

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