Drunk ordered to stay indoors 12 hours a day

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A MAN with a “horrendous” record of drink-related crimes has been ordered to stay indoors for 12 hours a day.

Kevin Abdou, 33, of Hill Park Road, Jarrow, was made the subject of a curfew after admitting to nine offences at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court, including six for being drunk and disorderly.

Abdou also pleaded guilty to counts of theft from two supermarkets and a charge of failing to surrender to custody at an appointed time.

The court heard that Abdou has about 50 drunk and disorderly offences on his record during the past six years.

The latest drink and disorderly offences all took place between August 15 and November last year, and included incidents at both South Shields Police Station and South Tyneside Hospital.

Abdou stole two bottles of wine, worth £9.48, from Tesco in Newcastle Road, South Shields, on July 17.

Eight days later, on July 25, he was spotted snatching a bottle of gin to the value of £9.79 from Lidl in Boldon Lane, South Shields.

David Forrester, defending, said: “Mr Abdou has no convictions for violence or for resisting an officer.

“He is 33 and has a long-standing alcohol problem, which goes back to an enormously traumatic childhood.

“He has an enormous capacity for drink.

“The drunk and disorder offences are symptomatic of his condition, nothing more, nothing less.

“Invariably, he will end up slumped in a corner and then people will want rid of him.”

Magistrates’ chairman Ian Alexander ordered a curfew, which will keep Abdou indoors from 3pm until 3am for the next two months.

He told Abdou: “For a man of your age, you have a horrendous record associated with drink-related offences, with anything up to 50 convictions to date.

“There seems to be no end to you committing these offences. We can’t allow this to continue.

“There seems to be no incentive for you to change.

“You are just going on a downward spiral in your life.

“We want to take some action to protect the public.

“We have decided on a community order which will include a curfew between the hours of 3pm and 3am.

“It doesn’t stop you drinking but it means it keeps you away from the public and from the shops, where there is a temptation to take alcohol.”

No financial penalty was imposed as Abdou already owes the court £990 in unpaid fines and costs.