Man used his teeth to destroy a prison blanket

A man who destroyed a prison blanket while in a cell at the Cowra Police Station has been ordered to pay $400 to NSW Police Force.

John Charles Whelan, 40, was convicted on Wednesday, December 6 while representing himself in front of Magistrate Michael O’Brien at Cowra Local Court. 

Facts say Whelan tore the blanket with his teeth before he used his hands to rip a five centimetre wide length off the blanket about 5.30pm on September 21. 

His actions were caught on police CCTV cameras.

“It wasn’t a particularly clever thing to do,” Mr Whelan said.

“I was quite intoxicated.”

Whelan was issued a bond to be of good behaviour for a year.