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Suspected Drug Dealer accused of swallowing drugs on toilet strike for 38 days ‘would rather die tha


Lamarr Chambers hasn’t taken a poo for 38 days

A 24-year-old suspected drug dealer who is on a toilet strike would rather die than take a poo, his lawyer has said.

Lamarr Chambers has spent 38 days in police custody after he was arrested and detained by Essex Police on January 17.

His lawyer, Andrew Horsall QC, said he finds himself in ‘unchartered territory’ with Chambers.

He said his client’s ‘life is at risk’ as he ‘doesn’t want to be resuscitated’ if he collapses, Essex Live reports.

Officers believe he swallowed some of the drugs before his arrest in Harlow, Essex, and they have been patiently waiting for him to finally go ever since, Metro News reported.

Chelmsford Magistrates' Court heard he had rejected laxatives and an X-ray but was eating and drinking, BBC reported.

In defence, Andrew Horsall said Mr Chambers had not had privacy for 37 days.

On Friday Chambers appeared before magistrates, where the force applied to keep him in custody until Monday.

Mr Horsall told Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court, to reject the application.

He said: ‘Justice will be served one way or another, reject the application and continue with the case as it would be normally dealt with.’

Prosecutor Bob Rowlingson, however, said it was in the interest of justice to keep Chambers in police custody.

He told the court: ‘It is quite a clear cut application.

Mr Chambers has been refusing treatment, it is clear he is preventing the passing of evidence of the drugs he swallowed prior to his arrest.’

He added: ‘The only thing stopping him being released is Mr Chambers himself.’

Last week, what Chambers has been eating in the cell was revealed.

At first Chambers started out eating Frosties cereal bars and as time went on, he would eat up to eight of them a day.

However, he has now swapped the bars for fruit and vegetables, Metro News reported.

And it is reported that Chambers ate some fish made by his mother just before he appeared before magistrates.

The magistrates said they were confident Mr Chambers’ life was not at risk and that he should be monitored by police – not just for gathering evidence – but also his own health and that police detention was justified.

The court heard the situation was "unprecedented" and the previous record for preventing the evacuation of the bowels was believed to have been 33 days, BBC reported.

Essex Police requested to keep Chambers detained until Monday at Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court (Picture: PA)

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