A judge has ordered a fresh psychiatric assessment on a man with a bizarre slurry fetish who had threatened to kill a Cornish farmer who had banned him from his land.
David Truscott, aged 41, will be treated at Langdon Hospital in Dawlish while doctors decide if he is suitable for a hospital order and whether there restrictions need to be imposed on his freedom.
He has a strange obsession with rolling in cattle slurry which centres on a particular farm in West Cornwall where he was caught naked in a muck spreader.
He has been jailed twice in the past for breaching a restraining order and going onto the land at Woodbury House Farm, Redruth, and rolling in slurry.
He carried on a six-year campaign of harassment against the Roth family who own the farm after he was released from his previous two-year jail sentence only last spring.
At an earlier hearing at Exeter Crown Court, Truscott, formerly of Pengegon Parc, Camborne, Cornwall, but now a patient at Langdon Hospital, Dawlish, Devon, admitted threatening to kill farmer Clive Ross and his family on June 14 last year.
He also admitted threatening to destroy their property at Woodbury House Farm on the same date
Judge Francis Gilbert, QC, made an interim hospital order which will result in Truscott being moved into a different unit at Langdon to assess his future treatment.
Mr Gareth Evans, prosecuting, said Dr Brian Darnley and Dr Jeremy Sandbrook both agreed the best course was to make an interim order under the Mental Health Act to allow further assessment.
He said the order will last 12 weeks but can be extended if necessary by the judge without the defendant needing to come to court.
Truscott will now be treated in the newly opened £27 million Dewnans Centre at the hospital.
Judge Gilbert said:”This is clearly the right course of action and there must be adequate security at the unit.”
He asked that any further psychiatric report address the level of security needed for any final order under the Mental Health Act.
Truscott was jailed in 2009 and 2011 for breaching restraining orders, going onto the Roth’s land and rolling naked in slurry.
The family took out a restraining order against him after he repeatedly trespassed and indulged his fetish for cow slurry. He was jailed for two years in March 2011 for threatening them after they cleared all the slurry from their farm to stop him.
At that hearing at Truro Crown Court Judge Christopher Elwen told him: “For a period of at least six years, if not longer, you have made the home life of the Roth family absolute hell through your bizarre fetish and disgusting behaviour.”