A man who spent a penny but ended up paying £85 told magistrates he ‘wishes he could stop drinking’ – after being caught short by police urinating outside a South Tyneside pub.
Jeffrey Khan was caught in the act by patrolling police outside the Queen Vic pub in Victoria Road, South Shields.
I wish I could stop drinking altogether.Jeffrey Khan
The 45-year-old, of Binchester Street, South Shields, admitted urinating in a public place at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court – but insisted he had no recollection of the event.
He was blasted for his behaviour by magistrates and must pay £85 prosecution costs – but was let off with an absolute discharge.
Khan, who has 21 previous convictions, said in a sober reflection to the bench that he only commits offences when he is drunk.
Addressing the magistrates after the verdict was handed down, Khan said: “I’m not a person who goes out to break the law. I would never have done this if sober. Every scrape or bit of bother I get into is due to being drunk.
“I wish I could stop drinking altogether.
Justin Gibson, prosecuting, said: “At 9.50pm on August 19, officers were on duty, travelling along Victoria Road when they saw the defendant urinating against the wall in full view outside the pub. He was easily visible to people on foot or in vehicles.
“He was told he would be reported for the offence.”
Laura Croft, defending, said; “He was outside the pub when this happened. He can’t recall the incident at all He only found out about it the following day and he went to the pub to apologise.
“If he had been sober, this offence wouldn’t have happened. He is very remorseful about it.”
Robert McDonald, chairman of the magistrates, said to Khan; “How old are you? Urinating in the street is not good, particularly when it is in sight of other people.”