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Man threw used loo roll out window because he thought toilet would flood

A man was “scared” to use the toilet in his Perth city centre flat because it was prone to flooding, Perth Sheriff Court was told on Wednesday.

So he repeatedly threw used loo paper out of the window of the fourth floor attic accommodation onto the busy street below.

Forty-five-year-old John Cameron, who was subsequently evicted from the property in Market Street, is currently completing a 12-month community payback order for a series of similar incidents which also took place last year.

On these occasions, he also hurled toilet paper, as well as bottles of urine and plastic refuse, out of the window.

The accused, who is now living in a Salvation Army house in Glasgow, had his sentence deferred until December 1 after the court was told that the bill for the clean-up operation at his Perth address had been estimated at £3000.

Cameron admitted breaching the peace at Market Street between September 23 and 25, 2020, by repeatedly throwing quantities of toilet paper, containing human faeces, out of the window.

He was subject to a September 23 bail order from Dundee Sheriff Court at the time.

He was also involved in a similar incident on November 14, 2019.

Sentence on these two charges had been deferred until this week.

Depute fiscal Andrew Harding said Brown was seen by police throwing white items out of the window about 4.30pm on November 14.

There were members of the public walking below, as well as traffic on the street.

Solicitor Pauline Cullerton said: “He had an issue with his toilet which was prone to blocking.

“He was scared to use it given he was in an upstairs flat.”

He accepted, however, there was “another way” to deal with the problem.

Cameron, now of Campsie House, Gallowgate, was ordered to be supervised for 12 months by a social worker last December after he admitted further charges of throwing items from his flat between September 7 and 22, 2020.

The court was given details of five incidents – on September 7, 11, 20, 21 and 22 – when people saw him throwing toilet rolls, covered in excrement, from the window.

Mrs Cullerton told the court on that occasion that he had an ongoing problem with a blocked toilet.

And she added: “He now realises if there had been a pedestrian walking on the street it would have been particularly unpleasant if it landed on them.”

Sheriff William Wood deferred sentence on the latest charges and called for a community payback order progress report, as well as a good behaviour report.

He will appear before Sheriff Gillian Wade who imposed the order.



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