A broken-hearted woman who turned to alcohol following her partner’s death has been warned she could go to prison after breaching an ASBO by being drunk and disorderly in public.
Chesterfield magistrates’ court heard on Monday, on November 3, how Kathleen Concannon, 61, of Monyash Close, Inkersall Green, Chesterfield, was spotted drunk and disorderly.
Prosecuting solicitor Ian Shaw said: “She said she just wanted to go home but she had bleary eyes and was heavy on her feet and police formed the opinion she was drunk. Her details were checked and she was arrested for breaching an ASBO which has a condition she should not be drunk in public. She told police she was not sober but not the drunkest she had been because when that happens she can’t stand up.”
Concannon, who has now breached her ASBO three times, pleaded guilty to breaching it on November 1 by being caught drunk and disorderly in public.
Defence solicitor Liz Anderton said: “Until 2012, she had not appeared before court and that time frame is consistent with the death of a long-term partner of over 20 years who was diagnosed with bowel cancer and died.
“When he died that took its toll on her and she had drunk one-and-half bottles of sherry on this occasion. She had been going to Tideswell to see her current partner and she was going to her GP to get medication and aimed to return home when she was stopped.”
Miss Anderton added Concannon had been going to her GP’s for medication because she suffers with depression.
Magistrates sentenced Concannon to 12 weeks’ custody suspended for 12 months and warned any more breaches would result in imprisonment. She was also ordered to pay an £80 victim surcharge.