Chesterfield offender fails to attend court despite efforts to help him beat booze

Chesterfield magistrates' court.
Chesterfield magistrates' court.

A drunk and disorderly offender who was being considered for probation service support with his alcohol problems has failed to attend his latest court appearance.

Chesterfield magistrates’ court heard how Richard Minett, 56, of Monyash Close, Inkersall, Chesterfield, originally pleaded guilty to being drunk and disorderly after he caused a disturbance at Chesterfield police station, on Beetwell Street, because he wanted a lift home and refused to leave.

Prosecuting solicitor Angela Hadfield said: “The defendant went to the Chesterfield enquiries desk at Beetwell police station and was refusing to leave.

“He was clearly drunk and swearing at staff. He was asked to leave but he refused and an officer was called and the defendant had to be escorted outside but he still refused to leave.

“The defendant asked for a lift home and threatened to go back to the enquiries desk and at that point he was arrested for being drunk and disorderly.”

Minett, who has previous convictions for similar offences, pleaded guilty at a hearing on November 16 to being drunk and disorderly after the incident on September 19.

He also pleaded guilty to previously failing to surrender to custody on October 23.

Defence solicitor Robert Sowter said: “He was drunk in town and needed assistance to get home and turned to the police. After his request for assistance left a lot to be desired he would like to apologise.

“He was also due to appear at court on October 23 but he needs a certain amount of alcohol to function and it was alcohol withdrawal which led to him being admitted to hospital.”

Mr Sowter explained that Minett wanted assistance to help him with his alcohol problems so the case was adjourned for a pre-sentence report from the probation service.

However, Minett failed to attend court on Monday, November 23, and a warrant has had to be issued for his arrest.