Alcoholic owes almost £800 in court fines

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A CONFIRMED alcoholic with a string of drunk and disorderly convictions to his name has been given an absolute discharge after his latest booze-fuelled offence.

Wayne Mathison, of Landseer Gardens, South Shields, swore at a police officer in a pub car park on Saturday, December 22, of last year.

He was arrested and charged with being drunk and disorderly in a public place, with the case proven in his absence at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court.

John McGlone, prosecuting said: “The defendant is a confirmed alcoholic.

“He has a horrendous amount of fines owing to the court. An absolute discharge would be what we would be thinking.

“He was in the car park of the Fad public house.

“He was drunk and was told to calm down by a police officer, but he swore at him.

“As a result, he was arrested for being drunk and disorderly.”

Geoffrey Forrester, defending, said Mathison had six convictions for drunk and disorderly offences in 2012 alone and that he already owed the court £797 in court fines.

Both defence and prosecution agreed that an absolute discharge would be the best way to deal with the case, rather than adding to the defendant’s collection of fines.

Chairman of the Magistrates, Marian Craig, agreed with the request for an absolute discharge, adding: “Hopefully we will not see him in the not too distant future.”