A MAN found himself back in the dock after he breached his bail conditions just a day after they were imposed.
Steven Smith admitted a charge of being drunk in public at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court on Monday.
He was told he will be dealt with for the offence at Newcastle Crown Court later this month, as he is subjected to a suspended sentence from that court.
He was given bail until his crown court appearance on Monday, with the condition he reports to South Shields Police Station at any time between noon and 5pm each day until then.
But the 31-year-old, of no fixed abode, failed to sign in at the police station on Tuesday and was subsequently arrested.
He was brought before South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court yesterday, where he admitted the breach.
John McGlone, prosecuting, said: “He was given bail with the condition to report to the police station between 12pm and 5pm each day. He failed to sign in on Tuesday.
“He was interviewed by police and failed to provide any explanation for why he didn’t sign on.
“He could be readmitted to the same bail conditions but told there is a reason he has been given these conditions, and next time there could be an application for a remand in custody.
Christopher Brown, defending, said: “It was suggested on Monday that it may assist if he reports every day, rather than twice a week, so he knows he has to go every day and doesn’t get the dates mixed up. That was the logic.”
Mr Brown said Smith had trouble getting money for transport to the police station on the day.
He added that he had made it clear to Smith about the importance of sticking to his bail conditions.
Gerald Tierney, chairman of the magistrates, reinstated Smith to the same bail conditions until his crown date apperance in the week commencing April 28, but warned him he must report to the police station to avoid an early return to court.