Alcohol-plagued Staveley man is urged to beat the booze by court

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An alcoholic who was arrested for being drunk and disorderly and for breaching his bail twice has been urged by magistrates to carry on with his plans to beat the booze.

Chesterfield magistrates’ court heard on Thursday, December 10, how Richard Minett, 56, of Monyash Close, Staveley, had originally been in court for being drunk and disorderly at Chesterfield police station where he was demanding officers drive him home.

Minett had been shouting and screaming and was arrested and charged, according to the court, but after he was released on bail he failed to attend court because he suffered a fit related to his alcoholism and failed to attend court a second time when he went to Nottingham.

Prosecuting solicitor Mark Salt said: “He pleaded guilty to the matter at Chesterfield police station of being drunk and disorderly and to failing to surrender to custody and it was accepted he had an excuse.

“But having been released on bail again he failed to surrender to custody when he was due back in court.”

Probation officer Katie Webberly explained that Minett had originally been hospitalised after suffering a fit linked to excess alcohol and defence solicitor John Wilford explained that Minett subsequently took himself to Nottingham to stop himself drinking and he was sleeping rough before he was re-arrested.

Minett pleaded guilty to being drunk and disorderly in public at the police station in November and admitted the bail breaches.

Defence solicitor John Wilford explained Minett has a lengthy record of previous convictions but most recently offences have been more alcohol related.

However, Mr Wilford added that Minett has managed not to drink for four days and he wants to deal with his alcohol abuse.

Magistrates sentenced Minett to a 12 month conditional discharge and ordered him to pay a £150 courts charge and a £15 victim surcharge.

They urged to break out of the pattern of alcohol related offending and warned him that if he commits any more offences he will be re-sentenced for the police station matter.