Grantham court: Dad wrote in blood on cell wall

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A 35-year old father admitted to damaging a cell wall by using his own blood to write a message.

Prosecutor Paul Wood detailed how on August 7, defendant Richard Duffield and another man were arrested for affray and taken to Grantham police station.

Duffield, of Spalding Road, Deeping St James, had been injured in the fight, and while in the cell used his own blood to write on the wall as well as flicking specks on the floor, toilet and CCTV camera.

Mr Wood explained that specialist cleaning which cost in the region of £100 was required because police were concerned at the risk of infection.

Although Duffield said that he was drunk at the time, Mr Wood said: “It is unlikely as the writing was in neat capitals and everything was spelt right.”

Rory Macmillan, defending, told the court that Duffield lives with his partner and three children, and that problems arose when his partner’s brother came to stay.

After two weeks Duffield and his partner’s brother had an argument leading to a fight, during which Duffield received two black eyes, a ‘nasty’ cut below his left eye, and bruises all over his body.

“Not withstanding that he was the victim, police arrested both,” said Mr Macmillan.

In the cell Duffield’s cut continued to bleed and he was unable to open his left eye, causing him to repeatedly ask for a doctor.

Mr Macmillan said his client was instead manhandled to the floor, and then pleaded to the CCTV camera and wrote on the cell wall with his own blood ‘in desperation’.

Starting with the words ‘Help me’, Duffield wrote that he had been prevented from receiving legal and medical assistance, as well as a note to his partner and children.

Having been arrested at around 7pm, it was at 10am the following day that police decided Duffield should be taken to hospital, concluded Mr Macmillan.

Magistrates gave Duffield a conditional discharge of eight months, and ordered him to pay £40 towards prosection costs and a £15 victim surcharge.

However they awarded no compensation stating: “If matters had been dealt with sooner they wouldn’t have needed to clean the cell.”