A man who refused to remove the drawstring from his clothing while in police custody faced Orange Local Court on Monday.
Cody Jye Cornelissens, 22, of Dederang Street, Manildra, appeared in court via audio visual link from Bathurst jail, where he was being held on remand, and was convicted and given a 12-month community correction order for resisting police.
Cornelissens was arrested on October 24 on a warrant for a breach of bail after the car he was a passenger in was stopped by police in Tynan Street at 6.15pm.
He was taken to Orange Police Station but refused to remove the draw string from his clothing.
He’s a person who accepts the offence was aggravated by being on conditional liberty.Solicitor Matthew Tedeschi
The police require people in custody to removed shoe laces, drawstrings and any item of clothing that could be used in a suicide attempt.
According to police Cornelissens said “I’ll chuck my sh** on you if you try and touch me,”.
He also said “if you touch me I’ll f***ing hit you”.
Police attempted to remove the drawstring by force and he continued to swear at them.
The drawstring was removed after he was taken to the ground.
Solicitor Matthew Tedeschi said Cornelissens pleaded guilty to the charge.
Mr Tedeschi said the police requested the removal of the drawstring to prevent the risk of hanging while in police custody.
Mr Tedeschi said his client, who is due to appear in court next month on an unrelated matter, had stopped using methamphetamines and was working as a bricklayer before his arrest.
“He’s a person who accepts the offence was aggravated by being on conditional liberty,” Mr Tedeschi said.
Magistrate David Day said he was the least of Cornelissens’ worries due to the pending court case.
“He’s pending sentence in the district court for a serious matter of setting fire to a car in Kinross State Forest,” Mr Day said.
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