A 20-year-old man who was ordered to pay more than £500 after secretly taking a picture of an officer at Sleaford police station - digitally altering the image to make it obscene and then posting it on Facebook - has criticised his punishment.
Jordan Barrack of Millview Road, Ruskington, has said the £400 he was told to pay in compensation to the officer came as a “massive shock”.
He also hit out at the police for confiscating his mobile phone for five months and said he still has not had it returned.
Speaking after his conviction, Barrack said: "People have come up to me and said they can't believe it got to court and said it was a waste of taxpayers' money.
“I was massively shocked at the fine.
"But then they said the compensation for the distress of the police was £400 and I couldn't believe it.”
Lincoln Magistrates’ Court heard yesterday that Barrack took the image on his mobile phone while he was being interviewed by an unsuspecting PC Charles Harris.
He later used the mobile app Snapchat to draw two penises on the image, including one on the officer’s head.
He then sent it to some of his friends before posting it on his Facebook page, which can be seen by more than 1,700 people.
Barrack also said he took the "cocky" picture after getting fed up of waiting for over two hours to give officers an account of a bar brawl he had witnessed.
He added: "I was waiting for ages. They told me to turn about at 9.30pm after I had been at work all day and had work the next morning.
"But I didn't leave until after midnight. I was doing them a favour as a voluntary witness.
"He (the police officer) was writing things down and I just sat there bored out of my head so got my phone out and thought I would be a bit cocky and did it.
“I thought nothing would come of it.
"They confiscated my phone at the time and I still haven't got it back over five months later even though the case is finished now."
The builder who lives at home with his parents has to pay £400 in compensation to the police officer.
He was ordered to serve a 12 month community order with 40 hours of unpaid work.
Barrack also has to pay £85 of costs and a £60 victim surcharge.