Convictions, fines for jail cell vandals

TWO Warrnambool men who trashed police cells have been convicted and fined in the magistrates court. 

Jayden Bourke, 20, and Daniel Bryne, 25, pleaded guilty yesterday over a spree of petty vandalism incidents while on remand in the Warrnambool police station cells in March. 

Police prosecutor Senior Constable Nathan Brown said the pair threw toilet paper and an orange at CCTV cameras.

Burke also wrote various insults on a cell wall and used a drinking cup to damage a drinking fountain. 

Bryne was also placed in lockdown after smearing himself with his own faeces during an argument with police officers. 

Defence counsel for Bourke, Xavier Farrelly, said his client had been held in the cells for 21 days while awaiting the start of a prison sentence. 

“It’s not unusual for men to get bored in the cells and act up,” Mr Farrelly said. 

Mr Farrelly said his client was also withdrawing from a methamphetamine habit. 

Defence counsel for Bryne, Amanda Chambers, said he had personally apologised to police following the incident. 

She said Bryne’s prison sentence following the incidents had been an “eye-opener”. 

Magistrate Andrew Capell convicted both, telling them: “Quite obviously you have treated this as a joke today. 

“You show absolute disdain for the law and the justice system.”

Burke was fined $1000 on four charges while Bryne was fined $700 on three charges. 

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