Coffs Harbour police station sign NSW.  26 April  2016.
Coffs Harbour police station sign NSW. 26 April 2016. Trevor Veale

Drunk man soils himself, attacks those trying to help

A WARWICK man has avoided extra time in jail after spitting on a police officer who was trying help the soiled inmate take a shower.

The Warwick District Court heard Shaun Jeremy Kassulke soiled himself in the watchhouse after being detained for an abusive scene he caused at Warwick Base Hospital on November 23, 2014.

Crown Prosecutor Katrina Overell told the court Kassulke spat on Snr Const James Doyle's face when he handed the inmate clean clothes.

Moments earlier, Snr Const Doyle removed the stinky 36-year-old from his cell in an attempt to make him shower.

"(Kassulke) got in to the shower, but refused to get undressed," Ms Overell said.

"(He) tilted his head backwards and sharply flung his head in the direction of (Snr Const Doyle).

"(Kassulke's) saliva landed in Doyle's eyes, mouth and over his face."

Kassulke was arrested after yelling and threatening paramedics and hospital staff that afternoon.

Ms Overell told the court the injured man told staff he knew where they lived and threatened to harm them when released.

"He was apparently grossly intoxicated," Ms Overell told the court.

Kassulke was told by police officers to settle down, at which point he became louder and more abusive.

Snr Const David Kinsley walked the man to a police car, at which point he became aggressive.

He was restrained and taken to the watchhouse at 1.30pm.

As Snr Const Kinsley walked Kassulke to his cell, the still drunk man grabbed at the officer's shirt and dragged him to the ground.

Defence Barrister John Bailey told the court CCTV footage of the event was lost in the police prosecutor's office.

"He had difficulty accepting how be behaved in the watchhouse," Mr Bailey said.

While Kassulke was still drunk in his cell, paramedics were called to attend to his untreated injuries.

Kassulke kept up his aggression, telling the paramedics, "when I find out where you and your families live, you won't be safe".

At 5pm, Snr Const Doyle took Kassulke to the showers at which point he was spat on.

Judge Ian Dearden said the man's actions were a "disgusting, degradable, appalling thing to do".

Judge Dearden took into account the 45 days Kassulke had already spent behind bars, and sentenced him to nine months jail, with immediate parole.

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