Man’s £280 bill for spending a penny in phone box



A DRUNKEN man caught urinating in a telephone box by police has been hit with a hefty court bill.

Dean McRae was spotted in the act by town centre camera operators in King Street, South Shields, on Friday, October 18, last year.

Police were alerted and the 24-year-old admitted the offence – saying he was ‘desperate’ and ‘couldn’t wait any longer’ – and was arrested.

McRae, of Cornwallis Square, South Shields, wasn’t present at his court hearing to answer a charge of urinating in a public place.

The matter was found proved in his absence.

James Long, prosecuting, said: “A police officer was on duty on mobile patrol when he received a message from camera operators of a male urinating in a telephone kiosk in King Street, South Shields.

“The police officer spoke to the male – his eyes were glazed, he was unsteady on his feet and smelt of intoxicating liqour – he was drunk.”

Mr Long said: “He apologised for his actions, and said he was desperate and unable to wait any longer.”

McRae was fined £175 for the offence, and ordered to pay court costs of £85 and a victim surcharge of £20.


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