Abusive drinker spared jail

A MAN who hurled abuse at police while serving a suspended jail sentence has been spared custody.

Families were visiting a funfair in Queen’s Park, Chesterfield, on May 27 when police received a report of disorderly behaviour. Paul Mullins (25) approached an officer near the park bandstand and shouted abuse at him, town magistrates heard. He was warned about his language and he replied that he was “only joking” before abusing the officer again, said Helen Griffiths, prosecuting. Mullins, of Tapton Terrace, off Brimington Road, admitted being drunk and disorderly and breaching a suspended prison sentence of ten weeks. The justices could have activated the suspended sentence, which was imposed last September, but they instead extended its operational period from 12 to 18 months and fined him £50, with £85 costs.

Jon Barber, for unemployed Mullins said his client used heroin for many years. He said he managed to get all that behind him but he became addicted to alcohol instead..