Leeds tenant causes a stink after defecating in the lift of his flats
Oct. 03, 2019
Michael McFarlane was caught after Yorkshire Housing installed cameras
Bosses of a block of flats were forced to install CCTV cameras after a mystery resident kept defecating in the lift.
Yorkshire Housing, which runs the Leeds city centre building, had to fork out for surveillance equipment to catch the culprit responsible for the vile mess.
Tenant Michael McFarlane was identified and denied criminal damage.
But he was found guilty after a trial and ordered to pay compensation.
He was caught in the act at the Cross York Street, Leeds property on January 26.
Lisa Evans, prosecuting, said: “There has been a history of somebody defecating inside the lift and subsequently CCTV was installed.
“That showed on two separate occasions Mr McFarlane in the lift, pulling down his pants and defecating on the lift floor.”
The housing association had to spend £200 having the area deep cleaned, Kirklees magistrates were told.
McFarlane, 35, had pleaded not guilty to criminal damage but was found guilty following a trial at the Huddersfield court.
Joseph Bairstow, mitigating, explained that his client had suffered from long-term anxiety and stress following a number of deaths in his family.
He said he used to work as a security guard and hopes to get his badge back and get back into work once he's fit to do so.
Mr Bairstow said: “There's been a gap of three years when he last troubled the courts.
“Mr McFarlane would like to draw a line under this and move forward.
“He has young nieces and nephews and wants to be a positive role model.”
Magistrates were told that McFarlane is now living with his dad at an address in Elford Place West, Harehills, and has stopped drinking.
He was fined £60 and ordered to pay £200 compensation plus £300 costs.
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